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Body of a Young Black Girl Found Near California Hiking Trail

Body of a Young Black Girl Found Near California Hiking Trail

Body of a Young Black Girl Found Near California Hiking Trail

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the body of a young, Black girl found Tuesday near a Hacienda Heights hiking trail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund, in a press conference Wednesday, said authorities believe the child’s body was left near the trail during the early evening hours Sunday.

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County workers performing maintenance on an equestrian walkway discovered the body of a child believed to be between 8 and 13 years of age around 10 a.m Tuesday morning. Her head and upper body was seen protruding from a partially zipped duffel bag. She was approximately 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighed around 55 pounds.

During Wednesday’s press conference, authorities released a composite sketch showing the child in a long-sleeved pink shirt that said “Future Princess Hero” and panda print pants. Officials also shared an image of a black duffel bag similar to the one she was discovered in.

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While there were no signs of visible trauma to the body, officials do believe there was foul play involved. “At this time this incident is being ruled as a suspicious death investigation. Cause of death will be determined by an autopsy that is scheduled for a day or two,” Hoglund explained.

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Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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