BREAKING: CHP asks for public’s help to locate person of interest

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Temecula CHP is asking for the public’s help regarding the body of a woman found on Interstate 15 near the Rancho California Road exit during the early morning hours Saturday, July 31.

California Highway Patrol, Temecula Office and Cal Fire responded to a call of what appeared to be a deceased body on the southbound I-15 at approximately 4:30 a.m., CHP spokesman Mike Lassig said.

“There were five or six good Samaritans parked in the center divide,” Lassig said, adding that the body of what appeared to be a deceased woman was found in the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes.

“She appeared deceased,” Lassig said. “Cal Fire also responded and determined that the victim was deceased on the scene,” Lassig said.

While on the scene of the incident, CHP officers also observed a white Ford F-150 “work-truck” parked in the center divide just south of the scene, Lassig said.

“Near the work truck was an adult Hispanic male, 35-45 years of age, 5 foot, 7 inches to 5 foot, 9 inches tall weighing 155 to 170 pounds with black hair who appeared to be wearing a gray T-shirt with the letters U.S.M.C. on it,” he said. “We are not assuming anything right now, but this person is a person of interest for us.”

Lassig said the CHP would like to talk to the man, who, when CHP officers were laying out flares to protect the woman’s remains, fled the scene southbound on Interstate 15 to an unknown location.

The remains of the unidentified woman, an adult Hispanic female, 25-35 years of age, was taken to the Riverside County Coroners Office, where they are in the process of identifying her, Lassig said.

Lassig said at this time, the CHP is investigating the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have any information on the vehicle, the identity or the whereabouts of the man should contact the CHP Temecula office at (951) 506-2000.