Body found on side of freeway near downtown

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CHP officers investigate after a body was found by the side of the road in Mission Hills.

SAN DIEGO — Authorities discovered a body by the freeway early Friday and shut down a Interstate 5 off-ramp in the Mission Hills area near downtown.

California Highway Patrol closed the northbound I-5 off-ramp at Washington Street near India Street after the body was found around 3 a.m.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the person died and ended up near the side of the road, CHP said. Detectives were investigating.

The ramp re-opened shortly after 5 a.m.

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