Authorities Saturday were looking 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 California Highway Patrol responded to a call of a traffic collision around 4:30 a.m. on the southbound side of the freeway at the Rancho California Road overpass, according to Officer Mike Lassig, a CHP spokesman.

The 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 were conducting traffic control to prevent vehicles from striking the woman’s body, the man entered 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.”

Authorities were investigating the cause of the woman’s death.

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

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