PUBLISHED: May 13, 8:17 p.m.
UPDATED: May 14, 1:57 p.m.

TIMONIUM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Maryland State Police say a crash scene involving three fatalities was likely sitting in a wooded area off I-695 for more than 48 hours before it was noticed.

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Vignesh Ashokan, 24-year-old Sharath Sudershanam and 25-year-old Moka Mallikarjun. Investigators say the men were friends and roommates who lived in Fairfax, Va.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene after it was discovered Tuesday afternoon. Their bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the car, a 2012 Volvo S60 owned and driven by Mallikarjun, was going southbound on I-83 and then traveled onto the ramp for the I-695 outerloop.

Police cannot say why the car then traveled off the left side of the roadway and entered the woods. It went about 300 feet off the roadway before striking a tree, the force of which caused it to break into multiple pieces.

Police believe this occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, after the men left a friend’s house in Cockeysville to head back to Virginia.

Troopers did not receive a call until about 4 p.m. Tuesday from someone who spotted the car.

Location of the crash:

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