LANCASTER, California — Cops made a grisly find when a supermarket manager reported a strange smell coming from a column which turned out to be the decomposing body of a man officers had been chasing near the store earlier in the week.
The manager of a California WinCo Foods initially thought the smell was a sewage leak and called a plumber. But when they removed some brick from the upright, they saw a leg and shoe so called cops.
It was not immediately clear who the dead man was, but cops believe he may have been a suspect they had given chase nearly a week earlier, who they thought had gotten away after running on the roof of the supermarket.
Instead, the man found his way inside the entryway column and could not get out. It’s unclear if he fell to his death or became trapped and couldn’t get out.
“He may have gotten inside there and somehow gotten down the column, trying to hide from the deputies and then couldn’t get out,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina, told KABC-TV.
“It’s been over 100 degrees up here everyday. I can’t imagine being inside that column and just baking. It’s a strange development, and if he died that way, it’s a horrible way to die,” he added.