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Body found bound and gagged inside refrigerator of Hawaiian Gardens liquor store

The Beer & Wine Market on Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens.
The Beer & Wine Market on Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens.
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Investigators are trying to figure out why a man’s bound and gagged body was stuffed into a liquor store refrigerator in Hawaiian Gardens, and who put it there.

According to KTLA, a patron entered the Beer & Wine Market at 12321 Carson St. yesterday at about 4:45 p.m., and came upon a disturbing scene: The store’s front door was open and its lights off, and no one was there. Inside, the doors to one of the refrigerators was open, and inside the patron found the body -- tied up and gagged.

The patron immediately called 911.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating, has not identified the victim.

This particular liquor store seems to be strangely cursed: The previous owner of the place was killed inside the store 10 years ago, according to KTLA.

Neighbors told the news station that the current owner, described as a man in his 40s, kept it open only sporadically. It was not immediately clear whether the store’s owner was the victim in this grisly crime.