Death of Man Found Near Walking Trail in Laguna Niguel Investigated as Homicide; Suspect in Custody

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The parking lot of Niguel Woods Park in Laguna Niguel is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from February 2018.

The parking lot of Niguel Woods Park in Laguna Niguel is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from February 2018.

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Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man found on a walking trail in Laguna Niguel on Friday, officials said.

The victim was discovered around approximately 4 p.m. near Niguel Woods Park, which sits between Niguel Road and Highlands Avenue near the Laguna Niguel Plaza, said Ray Grangoff, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

A suspect was subsequently taken into custody, but authorities could not provide further details on when or where.

There were no outstanding suspects and no danger to the community, officials said.

No further details were being released on the condition the man’s body was found in and the surrounding circumstances, pending further investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was also not releasing any information about the deceased’s identity, other than that he was an adult male, nor the suspect’s, Grangoff said.

No further details were immediately available.

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