Police seeking Nissan SUV in connection with ‘mannequin’ freeway body

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities announced Friday they are seeking a white Nissan SUV with front end damage that may have struck an unidentified woman whose body was found lying along state Route 15 near South Park.

The vehicle was seen leaving the area early Wednesday around the same time motorists began reporting debris and what appeared to be a mannequin strewn across the southbound side of the freeway just south of Interstate 805, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities said the SUV would have minor to moderate damage to the right front fender and quarter panel. The victim’s body was found near scattered clothing and other objects.

Witnesses described having seen a woman walking and pushing a shopping cart alongside SR-15 in the area shortly before the fatality was reported, CHP spokesman Tony Contreras said.

An 18-year-old suspected drunken driver in a damaged green Kia Rio with what appeared to be blood on the front was stopped on Silver Strand Boulevard in Coronado around 4:30 that morning.

The driver and his 22-year-old passenger were questioned by CHP officers about the fatal freeway accident for hours before they were turned over to the custody of Coronado police.

They were eventually released on their own recognizance, but Contreras said they were considered potential persons of interest. A day later, the CHP named the white Nissan SUV an “additional vehicle of interest.” A description of the driver was not immediately available.

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