Moss Landing Body Highway 1

CHP investigators collect the belongings of an unidentified man found dead just after 9am along the northbound lane of Highway 1 in Moss Landing on Saturday, March 23. The man's backpack could be seen resting on a highway sign post.

A fully loaded navy-blue camping backpack stood upright in the shoulder of northbound Highway 1 in Moss Landing early Saturday morning, March 23, but it wasn't enough to alarm passing motorists.

Just after 9am, California Highway Patrol Officer Landon Calhoun stopped to investigate and discovered that the backpack marked the spot near where a man lay dead.

Soon several other investigators joined Calhoun at the scene near Struve Road, which resulted in slow traffic for miles on either side of the highway for at least two hours.

Just before 11am, members of the Monterey County Coroner's Office were on the scene to collect the body, the man's backpack and other loose belongings.

One witness says she saw the backpack at around 7:30am, but noticed nothing else. Witnesses on social media report they saw the backpack and a hiking boot laying in the middle of the road.

At the scene, Calhoun would only say that the body appears to be a male adult and it's possibly a hit-and-run but its too early to confirm. 

"We don't have a lot at this point," he says.

Update: A CHP spokesperson says that the man died as a result of fatal injuries from a hit and run incident.

The agency is not identifying the 25-year-old man until they notify his family. 

Investigators are relying on hearing from witnesses who may have seen something during the morning before the body was discovered. They announced a 24-hour phone number to report information: (831) 796-2160. Callers may remain anonymous.

Editor's Note: This post was updated March 24, with new information from the CHP.

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