Suspicious Death Investigation Underway After Human Remains Found in Back of U-Haul in Fullerton

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A suspicious death investigation is underway Wednesday after human remains were found in the back of a U-Haul in Fullerton, officials said.

Authorities respond to a body discovered in the back of a U-Haul vehicle in Fullerton on Jan. 8, 2020. (Credit: OC Hawk)

Authorities respond to a body discovered in the back of a U-Haul vehicle in Fullerton on Jan. 8, 2020. (Credit: OC Hawk)

About 12:30 p.m., Fullerton police got a call about a possible body at a U-Haul storage facility at 2260 East Orangethrope Avenue.

An investigation revealed that the U-Haul was rented, abandoned and recovered in the city of Anaheim, Sgt. Shane Carringer of the Anaheim Police Department said.

Once it was brought to the Fullerton facility and unloaded, the body was found, police said.

Homicide detectives responded and confirmed human remains were in the back of a U-Haul vehicle, wrapped in plastic and cardboard.

A U-Haul was left open on the lot where the body was discovered during the investigation on Jan. 8, 2020. (Credit: OC Hawk)

A U-Haul was left open on the lot where the body was discovered during the investigation on Jan. 8, 2020. (Credit: OC Hawk)

The sergeant said the incident is in the early stages of the investigation and detectives remained at the scene into the evening hours, aerial video from Sky5 showed. They will work to determine who rented the vehicle.

Carringer said the incident is not yet being investigated as a homicide.

“It could be something much less nefarious than a homicide," Carringer said. "It could just be a natural death in which the body was disposed of or stored improperly."

No further details about the incident have been released.

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