A man who died after being found burned and naked on the side of a freeway in the City of Industry was identified as 24-year-old Gilbert Medina, coroner’s officials said Thursday.
A motorist found Medina, who had suffered severe burns to his face and body, lying on the side of the 605 Freeway on April 15.
Medina had apparently crawled from a horse trail underneath the freeway up onto the roadway, where he was eventually discovered.
Medina was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day.
The incident was being investigated by homicide detectives, who were trying to determine whether an accelerant was used to burn Medina.
Investigators believe he may have been assaulted prior to having been burned.
Medina was listed as a transient, according to Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The official cause of death was deferred pending further testing, Bale said.
Anyone with information about this incident was asked to contact the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson Explosive Detail at 323-881-7500.
Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, texting “TIPLA” plus a tip to 274637, or through the website lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA’s Tracy Bloom and Sara Welch contributed to this report.