ELLENSBURG — A homicide investigation was launched in central Washington after a 20-year-old man was found dead along a rural road, deputies said.

Kittitas County sheriff’s deputies found Louisiana resident Leroy Scott on Saturday around 12:40 p.m. along Smithson Road, about 45 miles north of Yakima, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

The sheriff’s department and other authorities responded to reports that there was a body in a creek, authorities said.

County Sheriff Clay Myers confirmed that an autopsy was scheduled.

Scott had a connection to the state through Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but was not employed by the military when he died, deputies said.

No further information was released.