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News Release

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Los Angeles: On August 20, 2012, around 2:15 a.m., the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to an anonymous call of a victim with breathing problems.  Paramedics responded and found a female victim in her 20’s deceased, with no clothing.  She was lying on the sidewalk next to a communal dumpster in the 13100 block of Carl Street, in Pacoima.  LAFD personnel notified LAPD Foothill Homicide detectives.

When the detectives arrived, they established a crime scene and began collecting evidence.  As this time the cause of death is undetermined and there is no apparent homicide.  The Los Angeles County coroner has taken custody of the decedent.  The cause of death will not be determined until autopsy.  Foothill Homicide Unit is treating this case as a homicide until other evidence develops.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Foothill Area Detectives Byers and Santana at 818-834-3115.  During weekends and off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.