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Body of Jane Doe found last month identified

Posted: May 20, 2013 8:07 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2013 8:07 p.m.
 

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office believe they’ve identified the woman whose body was found wrapped in a tarp and dumped at the side of San Francisquito Canyon Road last month, a coroner’s spokesman said.

After working with officials at the Guatemalan Consulate in Los Angeles since the start of this month, investigators were able to locate a man living in Southern California whom they believe is the dead woman’s nephew.

“We’ve got a nephew,” Coroner’s Office Assistant Chief Ed Winter told The Signal recently.

“So we’re now hoping to obtain dental records from the family,” he said.

The records pertain to dental work done in the United States as opposed to Guatemala where the woman once lived, Winter said.

Investigators believe the woman is about 30 years old.

For more than a month, the body has been referred to by investigators as “Jane Doe 23.”

They’re hoping to attach a name to the dead woman once they confirm her identity through dental records.

The woman’s body was found on the side of the road April 10 by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers near San Francisquito about five miles south of Spunky Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest.

Two weeks into the investigation, Detective Rich Tomlin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau told The Signal that autopsy results indicate she does not appear to be the victim of foul play.

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