Man's body found on trail east of Valley Center

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. - A body of a man, dead for several days, was found by a person running on a trail east of Valley Center, and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department was investigating Sunday.

A sheriff's department spokesman said he was not at liberty to release any information about the ongoing investigation, but U-T San Diego reported that the body was spotted about 4 p.m. Saturday on a trail north of Hell Creek Road.

Deputies could not immediately reach it by all-terrain vehicle or by helicopter.

The body was that of a man who appeared to have died a few days ago, and sheriff's Sgt. Joe Tomaiko told U-T San Diego it had likely been disturbed by animals.

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