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Body found along West Elverta Road near Sacramento International Airport

A body was discovered Wednesday in a field near Sacramento International Airport, authorities said.

The body was found about 7:15 a.m. by work crews on West Elverta road, east of Metro Air Parkway, said Deputy Tony Turnbull, a Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel pronounced the victim dead.

Turnbull said the man suffered gunshot wounds to the torso. Homicide detectives spent much of Wednesday morning investigating, shutting down traffic on West Elverta Road, west of Highway 99.

Turnbull said it was too soon to say whether the man was shot in the field or if he was brought there.

The victim’s name was not released pending identification by the county Coroner’s Office.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang