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Body found stuffed in suitcase floating in California lake: ‘Gruesome’

Human remains were discovered crammed inside a suitcase that was floating in a lake in Northern California on Tuesday.

Volunteers cleaning Lake Merritt spotted the suitcase adrift around 11 a.m. near the 1900 block of Lakeshore Avenue and found the body of what appeared to be a man in his 30s “kind of like in a fetal position,” Kevin Shomo, one of the volunteers with Lake Merritt Institute, told FOX2 KTVU.

“We grabbed one end [of the suitcase] and we realized it was too heavy. So, we pulled it close enough to us and we said, ‘Oh wow, this thing is heavy,’ so we unzipped it and that’s what we found,” Shomo said.

It was unclear how long the body had been in the suitcase or water. Police were investigating where the suitcase first entered the water.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the body or surveillance video showing suspicious activity regarding the incident to contact the department.

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