Police launched an investigation after a 69-year-old woman's body was found in a Pasadena parking lot on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The death was first reported just before 3 p.m. in the parking lot of a medical building in the 100 block of Alessandro Place, Pasadena Police Department Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.
The body displayed "injuries consistent with an assault," Goodman said. Police declined to discuss the injuries in detail, citing the ongoing investigation.
Authorities stopped short of calling the death a homicide as the investigation remained in its early stages, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. "We're not ruling anything out."
The body was believed to have been in the parking lot a matter of hours before it was spotted by a passer-by, Carrillo said.
Homicide detectives were summoned to take charge of the investigation.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
KTLA's Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.