Authorities Saturday searched for the driver of a white pickup seen in a location near where a woman’s body was found on Interstate 15 in Temecula.

The woman was identified as 37-year-old Perla Medina of Escondido, the Riverside County coroner said.

The California Highway Patrol responded to a call of a traffic collision around 4:20 a.m. on the southbound side of the freeway at the Rancho California Road overpass, according to Officer Mike Lassig, a CHP spokesman.

Medina’s body was discovered in the number one and two lanes, he said. The pickup — possibly a Ford F-150 — was stopped within the center median, just south of where the body was found.

Witnesses later told investigators that the driver was standing outside his vehicle and appeared “emotionally distraught,” he said.

As officers conducted traffic control to prevent vehicles from striking the woman’s body, the man got into his pickup and drove away in a southbound direction.

The driver was described as a Hispanic male, age 35 to 45, between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with dark hair and wearing what appeared to be a gray T-shirt with the letters “USMC.”

The coroner’s office did not release the cause of Medina’s death, referring inquiries to the CHP.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call the CHP’s Temecula office at 951-506-2000.

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