Los Angeles Airport Police discovered a corpse in one of the parking structures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Tuesday morning, May 1st.
An airport sanitation worker on a break observed the body inside a late-model luxury car in parking structure 301, on the second floor.
“The airport employee immediately contacted two Airport Police officers and told them what he saw,’ said Airport Police spokeswoman Belinda Nettles.
Officers who were dispatched to the parking structure observed the victim slumped across the seat of a late-model BMW, Nettles said.
The Airport Police officers, who initially thought the victim might be asleep, observed that the body had a gunshot wound on his upper torso.
The crime scene was contained by Airport Police, and the Los Angeles Fire Department was immediately notified.
“Responding paramedics confirmed that the victim was indeed deceased,’ said Nettles.
Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) later arrived on the scene to conduct an investigation.
The victim was identified by the coroner as a 57-year-old Westlake Village man.
“We’re still in the process of trying to determine if it’s a homicide or a suicide,’ said Kevin Maiberger of LAPD media relations.