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A man was found dead in Northeast Antelope Valley on Sunday, and a truck discovered at the scene is linked to the suspect sought in a recent triple homicide near Palmdale, authorities said.

Sheriff's investigators released this photo of James “Todd” Brown on Jan. 17, 2018.
Sheriff’s investigators released this photo of James “Todd” Brown on Jan. 17, 2018.

The man’s body was found near the intersection of 250th Street East and Avenue G about 3:45 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities have not identified the deceased individual, but the Sheriff’s Department confirmed a truck found at the location had the same license plates as the Toyota pickup linked to James “Todd” Brown, the suspect in the slaying of three Palmdale-area family members last month.

The Los Angeles Times reported the body was found in the truck

The department had issued a murder warrant for Brown on Jan. 24. He is suspected of killing a married couple and an adult son after a dispute apparently escalated, authorities said.

Richard Gardner II, 78, Pepper Gardner, 56, and Richard Gardner III, 52, were found stabbed, suffocated and bludgeoned in a home on West Avenue N-12 on Jan. 13, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Three dogs were also found dead inside the residence.

Brown, described as a friend of the Gardner family, had lived in a rented trailer on the their property for about two years. He disappeared after the killings.

He was believed to be driving a 2002 Toyota pickup with license plate No. 42198C1.

KTLA’s Meghan McMonigle contributed to this story