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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Body of Teenage Girl Found “Discarded” Along Roadway NR11183kr

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Investigators are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of a 17-year-old girl found dead near a busy roadway late Monday evening.

On April 25, 2011, at approximately 9 p.m., a homeless person walking along a freeway off-ramp  near the interchange of the 5 and 10 Freeways saw a nude body lying face down in the brush.   LAPD Hollenbeck Area homicide detectives responded to the location.  

Investigators determined from evidence at the scene that the victim had been wrapped in plastic bags and stuffed in a plastic container. The container had then been dumped over a concrete barrier along the freeway.  When it hit the ground, the container broke open and spilled the girl’s body into the shrubs.  There were no obvious signs of trauma to her, and a coroner’s investigation will be necessary to determine her cause of death.

The victim is a 17-year-old female Hispanic who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.  She has distinctive tattoos and has been positively identified, but the Department is not confirming her identity at this time.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Douglas Kirkland at 323-342-8953.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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