San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office at the County Operations Center.
San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office at the County Operations Center. Photo by Ken Stone

Authorities Friday publicly identified a body found under suspicious circumstances in a rural community near Lake Hodges.

The body of Martin Armenta, 27, was discovered near the 8000 block of Harmony Grove Road in the Elfin Forest area shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, wrapped in what appeared to a type of bedding material, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Homicide detectives were called in to take charge of the investigation.

The body bore no obvious signs of suspicious injuries, Lt. Chris Steffen said, adding that the cause and circumstances of Armenta’s death remain under investigation.

City News Service contributed to this article.



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