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MAN FOUND DEAD IN AN A.V. FIELD.

Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer

LANCASTER - The body of a 25-year-old Latino man was found in a field near a busy Lancaster shopping center by a man walking to a nearby store, officials said Saturday.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, died from blunt-force trauma to his head, investigators believe.

``While on routine patrol, deputies were flagged down and alerted to a person down in the field,'' Sheriff's Department officials said in a written statement.

Two deputies were on patrol along 20th Street West approaching Avenue J about 5 p.m. Friday when they saw a man waving his arms wildly and trying to get their attention.

The man told them that he had been crossing a field near 18th Street West and Avenue J behind the Lancaster Kmart headed toward the shopping center when he spotted a man lying in the field.

He approached the man to check on him, and when he got close he saw a large amount of blood on the man's head and in the dirt around him.

Deputies checked on the man and found him dead, but it was unknown when he died.

Homicide investigators were called in to handle the case but were not available for comment Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Greg Botonis, (661) 267-7802

greg.botonis(at)dailynews.com
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