The body of an apparent homicide victim was found Friday inside the trunk of a car that was engulfed in flames on an Angeles National Forest road.

The discovery was made about 5:45 a.m. on Big Tujunga Canyon Road at mile marker 4.88, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies from the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station responded to a reported car fire at the location and found a late-model Chevrolet fully engulfed in flames. County firefighters put out the fire and the man’s body, burned beyond recognition, was found inside the trunk, sheriff’s Detective Ray Lugo told ABC7.

The man’s identity and apparent cause of death have not been released.

“Based on physical evidence found at the location, homicide detectives believe the victim was murdered,” said Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Anyone with information that could assist investigators was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service

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