Dead Body Wrapped In Plastic Found By Train Tracks In Burbank [Updated]
A dead body was found near train tracks in Burbank onThursday, wrapped in black plastic.
KTLA reports a Caltrans employee made the discovery around 12:30 p.m. Thursday by the train tracks behind Stock Lumber on Victory Boulevard. Police found the body near two rusted, graffiti'd rail cars, according to Sgt. Claudio Losacco of the Burbank PD.
The L.A. Times reports the victim's feet were exposed, sticking out from the bottom of the plastic, but the age, race or gender had yet to be determined.
One witness who saw the body told ABC-7 that it appeared the victim was wrapped in plastic trash bags, and that the feet "were really puffy," and that "you don't really see that everyday so it's a little, like, eye-opening."
As for the cause of death, Losacco told City News Service that it's not known at this time, and that "the investigation is in the early stages."
Losacco did tell KTLA that the location near the lumber yard could provide some answers, as there is "some traffic in and out of the area, but that appears to be sporadic...it may not happen at all times of the day and night." According to KTLA, police are checking surveillance video around the area as part of the investigation.
Updated, 4:25 p.m.: The L.A. Times reports the victim has been identified as 30-year-old Nshan Balyan of North Hollywood. Police said they were now investigating his death as a homicide. According to the Times, officials from the L.A. County coroner’s office identified Balyan using fingerprints.