The Lexus sedan, which records show was registered to a woman in San Diego County, was found under an overpass of the 91 Freeway Thursday around 10:45 a.m. Anaheim police responded to a call after a tow truck driver noticed something suspicious while preparing to haul away the car.
"He saw something that he thought was unusual," said police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. "The Highway Patrol looked at it, they thought the same. Because it was in our jurisdiction, we went out and did an investigation."
Officers found an object in the trunk that was tightly wrapped with duct tape inside a blue tarp. But they waited until the vehicle was processed and towed to the Orange County coroner's office to confirm later Thursday evening that there was a body inside the wrapping.
UPDATE: Detectives have confirmed a deceased human body was wrapped in a tarp in the trunk of the car. A #homicide investigation is now underway. Anyone who saw the vehicle on Santa Ana Canyon Rd, or has info should call @occrimestoppers— Anaheim PD (@AnaheimPD) October 18, 2019
Whether the deceased individual was a man or woman was not immediately clear, investigators said. The car's registration expired over a year ago, but it was not reported stolen or connected to any missing-person investigation.
"We're trying to determine how long the vehicle has been there," Wyatt said. "That might help us direct the investigation."
Anaheim detectives and forensics personnel processed a large area surrounding the car as a crime scene.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted Friday.
Police asked anyone with information to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.