Police this afternoon were investigating the murder of a man who was apparently bludgeoned to death next to the side of the freeway in Angeleno Heights. Officers were called at about 12:30 p.m. when residents who were walking into a nearby pedestrian tunnel underneath the 101 Freeway heard a scuffle taking place in the bushes, said Homicide Detective John Motto with the Rampart Division. The body of the man was found in the bushes near Bellevue Avenue and West Edgeware Road and appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma, but a coroner has not yet examined the body, Motto said. The identify of the victim remains unknown but he is believed to be one of several transients who live along the bushes that run along the freeway, Motto said.
Officers were trying to interview some of the other people who lived by the freeway to get more detail about the victim and homicide. Anyone with information about the killing should call Motto at 213-484-3641.
* Update: The victim was punched several times and bludgeoned with a wooden log by another man during an argument, according to a posting on the Rampart Division Facebook page. He died from his injuries. The murder suspect remains at large.