A woman's body was found near a car in a canyon below Calabasas Sunday, Sept. 2 during a search and rescue training session, sheriff's officials announced Saturday.
The body was found around 12:30 p.m. Sunday off Mulholland Highway, about two miles east of Las Virgenes Road, said Reserve Sgt. David Katz of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team at the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station.
Officials scouting locations for upcoming training exercises last weekend noticed an overturned sport utility vehicle resting on its roof, Katz said.
"When they investigated further they discovered the body of a woman, who appeared to be the driver," according to Katz.
Her body, which had been thrown from the car, was found in the brush nearby.
Investigators believe the vehicle belonged to the woman and that she had been living in it, Katz said.
Tire marks at the scene showed the vehicle sped off the road and was launched about 150 feet into the canyon below.
The vehicle was spotted during a search and rescue training session in the area. The crash likely occurred in July, according to the sheriff's department.
Sheriff's search and rescue officials used their team's hydraulic truck and winch system to hoist the body from the canyon after the coroner's initial investigation was complete.
-City News Service contributed to this report.