A ‘horrible way to die’
Foul odor leads to discovery of body inside hollow stone pillar outside California grocery store
August 13, 2018
(LANCASTER, CA.) – On Saturday morning a manager at a WinCo Foods grocery store in Lancaster, California smelled a strong, foul odor coming from a hollow stone pillar on the outside of the store.
Lancaster is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California.
The manager called a plumber thinking there might be a sewage problem there. When the plumber arrived he started to knock away at the pillar's stone and eventually spotted a human leg and a tennis shoe.
It appears that a man, who’d been running away from police earlier in the week, may have fallen down the shaft of that hollow pillar from the roof - or climbed down to hide from police - and essentially “baked” himself to death inside the pillar due the California heat wave, according to a report by KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.
At this juncture it is believed the body is that of a man who ran into the store on Monday. He’d been fleeing from deputies after being suspected of stealing a vehicle.
After running into the store the man ran up to the rooftop, which has access to the inside of the stone pillars where the body was found.
He may have fallen or climbed into the pillar to hide from the officers who did lose track of the man after he ended up on the roof.
L.A. County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina told the TV station that if that’s what happened to the man that was running away, it was a "horrible way to die."
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