ALISO VIEJO Blood was found dripping from a trash truck after picking up a bin from a neighborhood this morning, and authorities said brown and grayish strands of hair were also found inside the truck.
Authorities said they are not certain if the blood is from a person, but a significant amount leaked into the ground as the truck was pulling away from an alley.
The blood was found at about 9:30 a.m., when the driver of the truck noticed a liquid seeping out, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriffs Department.
The driver looked inside and found gray and brown hair in the trash, but was unable to distinguish if it was human hair because the trash had already been compacted, he said.
Rick Alexander, 40, was taking items from his garage when the truck was passing by just a few feet behind him, he said.
The first thing I that struck me was the smell, Alexander said. It was something Ive never smelled before.
Alexander said he saw pints of liquid leaking out of the trucks container, but thought the truck was having mechanical problems and leaking hydraulic liquid.
I didnt realize what was going on, he said.
At about noon, authorities drove the truck to a landfill near Ortega Highway and La Pata, where the contents of the truck will be examined, Amormino said.
It is unknown where the truck may have picked up the suspicious contents, but investigators are tracing the trucks route for today, he said.
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