Anthony James Willis, a 35-year-old white man, was pronounced dead on Thursday, March 2, after his body was found near mile marker 18.87 of the Angeles Forest Highway in the Angeles National Forest, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Investigators believe Willis was killed elsewhere and his body dumped off the highway a short time before it was found, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Willis lived in Palmdale, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:21 p.m.
A passerby found the body about 30 feet off the highway, Mendoza said, and reported it to deputies at 12:49 p.m.
The body was found near the highway’s junction with Big Tujunga Road, according to Ed Winter, the coroner’s assistant chief of operations.
An autopsy revealed that Willis was killed by “sharp force ...