Homicide Detectives Investigating Discovery of Body in Angeles National Forest

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A body was found on a slope off a curving mountain road in the Angeles National Forest midday Monday.

A body was found below the dirt lot at right off Angeles Forest Highway on June 12, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters responded to the discovery off Angeles Forest Highway about 12:20 p.m., according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The body was off the two-lane mountain road just north of the turnoff for Big Tujunga Canyon Road, according to a California Highway Patrol traffic log.

The remains appeared to be a couple dozen feet down a slope next to dirt lot off a gated dirt road, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Firefighters and Forest Service personnel appeared to be responding, and Sheriff's Department helicopter was overhead about 1 p.m.

A coroner's van arrives at the site where a body was found off Angeles Forest Highway on June 12, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The Sheriff's Department later described the body as male and said homicide detectives were investigating, but authorities on scene said they were unsure of the gender. No other information was provided.

It’s not clear how the body was found.

The discovery was initially reported as a vehicle over the side with a body inside it, but the CHP log indicated no vehicle was involved.