Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials are working to notify the next of kin of the man whose body was found near the northbound I-5 onramp at Valencia Boulevard Monday evening, officials said Wednesday.
The victim is only identified as a Caucasian male in his 50’s, said Lt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
The death appears to be a suicide, Winter said.
The victim was spotted by a passerby around 4:17 p.m., said Sgt. Brian Allen.
“There doesn’t appear to be foul play,” Allen said.
The Valencia Boulevard onramp was closed at approximately 6:25 p.m. due to police activity and all lanes were reopened at approximately 8:27 p.m., according to CHP officials.
Recent statistics indicate the North Los Angeles County region has the highest rate of calls for attempted and completed suicides in Los Angeles County, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department data.
For anyone seeking information about mental health resources available in the Santa Clarita Valley, below is a list and a link to more information:
There are 24-hour numbers available. In the event of an emergency, 911 should always be the first call. Those looking to speak with someone can call 1-800-273-8255, for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; 1-800-854-7771, for The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; and 1-800-784-2433, for The Treatment Advocacy Center. You can contact the SCV Child & Family Center at 661-259-9439. The phone number for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project is 661-257-9688.