SUV containing something decomposing found

June 9, 2012

LAPD was called to the intersection of Willoughby and Genesee Avenues this morning at 11 am to investigate a horrific stench emanating from an SUV.


Neighbors discuss the SUV that was parked to the left of them for nearly a week that contained “something” decomposing. Photo by WeHo News.

Initial reports from LAPD in the field and bystanders stated that the contents of the SUV were a decomposing body, but no one is quite certain of that – yet.

A neighbor, who would give only her first name, Beth, told WeHo News that she had seen the black Cadillac Escalade for days, “at least since Monday,” as she walked her dog to Starbucks for her morning coffee.

“It sat there with a parking ticket on it and fallen leaves all over it. I didn’t look inside, but the smell was terrible.”

Alan Bernstein, a neighbor on the West Hollywood side of the intersection that forms a boundary between WeHo and LA (and not the same man as the Planning Commissioner) told WeHo News that an LAPD officer informed him that the SUV contained a “dead body.”

He said that, while he could not be certain, he thought he had seen the car parked on the West Hollywood side of the street in weeks past.

The smell lingered in the neighborhood even after the auto was removed; when WeHo News arrived at the scene 90 minutes after the car was towed, the stench remained powerful.

After opening the car, according to Sgt. Ventura, watch commander at Wilshire Station, “It was determined that we would make notification to homicide detectives and involve the coroner.

“What exactly was found was not determined at scene. The coroner took over the case from LAPD, the vehicle was towed to the coroner’s office where the contents are being examined.”

The LA County coroner’s watch commander had little more to offer, saying, “we don’t know what they found, all we know was there was something found wrapped up in the back of the SUV.”

Anyone with information about the SUV or the incident is encouraged to contact LAPD Wilshire Station homicide detectives at 213-382-9470.