Detectives Find a Body Inside a Pillar Outside Lancaster Supermarket
LANCASTER — August 13, 2018
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives found a body in a pillar outside Lancaster Supermarket. Earlier police received an anonymous 911 report about the body. Police arrived immediately. The grim discovery was made around 2:40 p.m. The business — a WinCo supermarket — is located in the 700 block of West Avenue K in Lancaster.
In addition, a store manager complained about a strong smell Saturday morning, officials said.
The police had to call a plumber and a some bricks were broken to look inside the pillar.
“When they did that,” says LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Department spokesman Lt. John Corina. “They looked down and they could see a shoe and a leg down there at the bottom of the column – inside the column.”
CBS2 & KCAL9 reporter Jeff Nguyen said police believe the man inside the pillar was someone law enforcement was chasing on Monday and lost. In particular, it is alleged that the dead person is a suspect who ditched deputies during a chase on Monday.
KCAL9 at 10p: Firefighters working to retrieve a body found inside the column at Winco Foods in Lancaster. #LASD working to see if the dead person is a suspect who ditched deputies during a chase on Monday. pic.twitter.com/50S4hNxFZR— Jeff Nguyen (@jeffnguyen) August 12, 2018
As for the incident, according to witness Henry Oliver, the suspect ran into the WinCo.
“He got out of the car, ran in, ran up the steps where the managers [are.],” Oliver said. “And somehow he got on the roof. Last I heard he got away.”
The Sheriff’s department says deputies lost their chase suspect after he got on the roof and they never saw him come out of the store. Detectives say there’s an access door at the top of the roof which also goes to the front fascia of the store.
“We’re thinking this could possibly be that individual,” says Lt. Corina.
Earlier in the day, customers were turned away from the store.
“My concern was, is everybody in the store okay?” asked Constance Fullwood. She was glad to learn the person was not an employee. “It seems very emotional,” she said, “Because I shop here at least four times a month.”
Police encourage anyone with information about the incident to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau.