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UPDATE: Saugus: Details sought about body found dumped off roadway

Posted: April 11, 2013 4:42 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:15 p.m.

Homcide Detective Lt. Eddie Hernandez walks past the scene of a body discovered about 20 feet from San Francisquito Canyon Road in Saugus on Wednesday. Signal photo by Kirsten Quinn

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The body of a Hispanic female found wrapped in a tarp and dumped at the side of San Francisquito Canyon Road remained unidentified Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said.

“Right now she’s Jane Doe Number 23,” she said.

Los Angeles County homicide detectives, meanwhile, are asking the public’s help in identifying the woman whose body was discovered in brush alongside San Francisquito Canyon Road in Saugus.

When asked if the victim was an adult or a child, the coroner’s spokeswoman said: “There’s no age determined on the deceased.”

About 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to San Francisquito Canyon Road approximately five miles south of Spunky Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest.

They had received a call of a possible dead body, deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release issued Thursday.

The body was discovered by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers doing maintenance work, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Homicide Bureau told The Signal Wednesday night.

“As they were working on the water tower, some type of foul odor got their attention,” Hernandez said of the DWP workers. “They began to look around and discovered a body,” he said.

The body was bound in a tarp found about 20 feet west of the roadway.

Sheriff’s deputies called to the scene saw human legs protruding from the tarp and notified Homicide Bureau detectives.

Hernandez said he could not link the body with any missing-persons reports in the area.

The cause of death will be determined by Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office investigators, Sheriff’s Department officials said in a statement.

Signal Senior Staff Writer Jim Holt contributed to this report.





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