An autopsy is planned Thursday on a partially decomposed female body found behind an apartment complex in the Grant Hill neighborhood.

Someone called for help shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after spotting the body in a canyon area behind an apartment building on Market Street near 29th Street, San Diego Police Lt. Mike Hastings said. Responding officers could not immediately determine how she died.

“Because of the decomposition, officers and investigators were unable to ascertain the decedent’s cause of death and homicide investigators were called to the scene,” Hastings said.

Detectives processed the scene and summoned personnel from the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Hastings said an autopsy would be conducted to determine how the victim died.

She has yet to be identified and authorities have not provided an approximate age. A man who saw the body told 10News the victim may have been in her teens.

Hastings asked anyone with additional information to call police at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.