Police this morning were investigating the discovery of a body on the Silver Lake Boulevard onramp to the southbound 101 Freeway. The freeway entrance near the southern edge of Silver Lake has been closed as investigators try to determine how the victim – described as a male in his 20s – died, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Buhrmester provided more details about the incident:
At approximately 10:32 a.m., multiple calls were broadcast of a possible dead body on the [onramp] phoned in by passersby on the freeway. CHP and LAPD officers responded, and discovered a male in his 20s, deceased. An examination of the victim by paramedics revealed no visible signs of trauma, and he had no injury consistent with being hit by a vehicle. The [onramp] is closed for this investigation.
A coroner’s investigator is enroute, and their opinion as to cause of death will guide our investigation. If it is an overdose or natural causes, detectives will likely not respond, but if his demise came at the hands of another, they will.
*Update: Evidence at the scene suggests the victim died from a “fatal drug ingestion,” said Buhrmester in a comment to this post.
Correction: A previous version of this post said the body was found on the freeway offramp, according to early police reports. More recent reports, however, say the body was found on the on-ramp.