MERCED, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – California Highway Patrol officers say they are investigating after a body was found near a Highway 99 off-ramp on Wednesday.

Around 8:15 p.m., officials say a pedestrian was walking on the off-ramp at V Street and Highway 99 when they discovered the body.

CHP says the body was found with a lot of vegetation around it.

Officials say they can confirm the body was not involved in a vehicle collision, and say they are not ruling out foul play at this time.

The body appears to have been in the area it was found for several days according to CHP.

The CHP is still investigating the scene and has not released the gender of the body or an ID at this time.