Homicide Victim Left Undiscovered on VA Campus for a Week

LOS ANGELES — The FBI has been called in to handle a homicide at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus. The body of the 56-year-old man was left undiscovered for a week at a time when VA officials are receiving heavy criticism for their management of the campus.

The remains of Jose Luis Plascencia were discovered on June 30 when a groundskeeper was trimming foliage near a stadium, the Los Angeles Times reports. Initially, investigators suspected no foul play, but it was later determined by the Angeles County coroner’s office that Plascencia’s neck had been cut.

The West Los Angeles VA facility has its own police force with about 55 officers.

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