Homicide detectives investigating body found in Northbridge Park

Caution tape from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department surrounds the scene of a body found Wednesday morning in the middle of the basketball courts at Northbridge Park in Valencia on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Perry Smith/The Signal

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau are investigating a body found at Northbridge Park in Valencia, which was located in the middle of the basketball courts there Wednesday morning. 

The body was lying in a pool of blood next to a shotgun in a scene surrounded by police tape as of about 8 a.m. 

The park is located at 27300 Grandview Drive in Santa Clarita, adjacent to Charles Helmers Elementary School. School operations were not affected by the incident, according to Saugus Union School District officials. 

“We want to thank the (Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station) leadership, Capt. Justin Diez, for his support during the initial phases of the incident occurring at Northbridge Park this morning.  This tragedy was not connected to Charles Helmers Elementary School,” according to a statement issued Wednesday by SUSD Superintendent Colleen Hawkins. “We were devastated to learn that a tragedy such as this occurred so near to one of our schools, but we were confident in the protection provided by SCV law enforcement and in the appropriate responses of our school site staff in ensuring our students were safe. 

“We will continue supporting students and families that may have questions or need added emotional support because this tragedy occurred so close to home.” 

Deputies responded to the scene around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, after the station received a report of a person not responding. 

“There was no evidence of a crime,” said Natalie Arriaga, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. 

Homicide officials were notified shortly thereafter and were en route to the park as of 8:10 a.m., according to an officer with the Homicide Bureau. 

Detective Fredrick Morse of the Homicide Bureau is investigating the incident, according to sheriff’s officials. 

There was no additional information available as of the publication of this story. 

This is a breaking news story and more information will be added as it becomes available. 

For more information about any of the mental health resources, visit santa-clarita.com/MentalHealth or bethedifferencescv.org.    

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