Officials: Body found in car buried in mud in area of last week’s Southern California flooding

In this photo provided by Caltrans, vehicles are stopped in mud on California's Interstate-5 after flooding Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. (Caltrans via AP)

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP, KRON) – Officials said Tuesday that a body has been found in a car buried in mud in the area of last week’s Southern California flooding.

The car was found several feet in the mud in Palmdale, a sheriff’s department spokeswoman said. Homicide investigators are on their way to the scene.

A sheriff’s deputy confirmed the car could have been buried in last week’s storm, which caused mudslides and the closure of the Grapevine on I-5.

On Monday, crews have hauled away more than 100 vehicles buried in mud on California Highway 58 during flash flooding last week, but tons of hardened earth still needs to be removed before lanes reopen.

Meanwhile, the search for a 67-year-old man swept away during flooding at the foot of the Tehachapi Mountains area was suspended Tuesday because deep mud made it too dangerous.

Stay with KRON for updates on this breaking news story.



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