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Decomposed Body Found In Stevenson Ranch

STEVENSON RANCH (CBSLA) – The body of a young adult was discovered Saturday in Stevenson Ranch.

The badly decomposed body was discovered by a church group off Pico Canyon Road, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective told CBS2 at the scene.

The body may be a 20-year-old at risk male who went missing six weeks ago, the detective said.

The body has not yet been identified. Officials would only say the body had been there for "some time."

KCAL9's Adrianna Weingold reports the body was found by a large oak tree off the side of the road on Pico Canyon Road.

Weingold spoke to Mauricio Ruiz, senior pastor at Elevate Church

"We just feel like this happened in our city, Santa Clarita, and we felt like we had to do something about it so our church responded and 60 volunteers later, it took us about 3 hours to find him," said Ruiz.

He said he and his congregation take small comfort in knowing they could be helping the family find closure.

"We're really praying for them," Ruiz said.

There was also no word on the cause of death. Officials said there was also no signs of foul play.

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