A decomposing corpse was found in a stone column at a WinCo Foods store in Lancaster, California, on Aug. 11.
A store manager reported a strong smell and called for maintenance at around 2:30 p.m. thinking it was a sewer problem, said Lt. John Corina.
After removing some bricks from the pillar, the plumber and handyman found a leg and tennis shoes, KTLA reported.
Shortly after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) was called, they said they believed the dead man was a suspect that had been stopped at a traffic stop on Aug. 6, NBC4 News reported.
Before the suspect escaped, he was pulled over for having a fake license plate. In an attempt to get away, he crashed the car and escaped to the WinCo roof. He was found nearly five days later.
“He may have gotten inside there and gotten down to try and hide from the deputies and then couldn’t get out,” Corina said.
The sheriff’s department suggested that the suspect could either have fallen in the stone column or intentionally hid inside there.
Despite the gruesome nature of the finding, this isn’t the first time police officers have encountered strange things.
Jumping Fences Is No Escape
A locksmith was working at a school over the spring break when he noticed a man trying to break into classrooms in 2017, PoliceOne reported.
The suspect fled when he saw the locksmith and he then attempted to hop over the spiked fence in front of the school to escape.
Meanwhile, Jesse Sansibar and Kritin Woodall were driving by when they saw the man hanging on the fence by his baggy pants. He had gotten his pants caught on a spike and he flipped upside down and hung there helplessly.
Sansibar thought about helping him and drove past a second time only to find the Tucson Police Department (TPD) had arrested the would-be burglar before he could help, Tucson News Now reported.
“I don’t know what his story was but it must not have been good enough, fifteen minutes later when I went back by the other direction going home he was cuffed up in the backseat. He smiled for the camera,” said Sansibar.
Michelle Valenzuela, with the communications department of the Tucson Unified School District also said that the suspect had been arrested.
Fortunately no one was injured in the incident and no students were present at school due to spring break.
From The Epoch Times