A homicide investigation was underway Thursday after a body was found near Desert Hot Springs.

Deputies responded about 11 a.m. to a call about a dead man discovered in the desert near Afortunado Drive and Santa Cruz Road, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza.

Investigators with the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit were at the scene throughout the day, but no other information was released and the man was not immediately identified.

Anybody with information relevant to the investigation was asked to call Investigator Vasquez at 760-393-3529 or 951-955-2777.

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