An employee of Loop Ranch found the body around 8 a.m. on the shoulder of a dirt roadway near Highway 58 and Broome Road, west of Tehachapi.
The body had signs of trauma, thus raising suspicion of foul play, the sheriff's office said. The coroner's office reported the body was that of 21-year-old Ricky Perez of Arvin.
An autopsy will be performed to determine cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the sheriff's office at (661) 861-3110.