A Watsonville man was found hanging from a railroad bridge over the Pajaro River on Friday morning, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office reported.
The man, identified as 54-year-old Francisco Javier Flores Mendoza, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Montrey County Sheriff's Office.
Few details about the grisly death were available.
"The call came out as a person hanging from the railroad bridge," Cmdr. Lisa Nash said.
It happened on the Walker Street train trestle operated by Union Pacific. Deputies have not said if it was a homicide or a suicide.
"It's way too soon," Nash said. "It's under investigation."
The Register Pajaronian newspaper reported that Watsonville police Sgt. Eric Taylor said a group of students in the were bicycling across the bridge just before 10 a.m. when they discovered the man's body.
The Pajaro River is the Santa Cruz-Monterey county line. Monterey County authorities are handling the investigation because the man's body was on their side of the river. An autoosy is scheduled for Monday, according to Nash.