Hacienda Heights, CA—Child’s body found in suitcase along Cali. Hiking trail; Police need help to ID her
Hacienda Heights, CA-Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying a child whose body was discovered inside a duffle bag along a hiking trail in Hacienda Heights.
The child’s body was discovered by county workers on Tuesday around 10:30 a.m. near South Hacienda Boulevard and Glenmark Drive. Her body was discovered partially inside a black, rolling duffle bag at the bottom of an embarkment.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Scott Hoglund said, “Her upper torso and head were protruding from the open bag.”
Investigators believe the remains were left at that location within 24 hours of being found and that the child died roughly 48 hours before her body was discovered. Homicide detectives believe the girl was between 8-13 years old, roughly 4-feet 5-inches tall and weighed approximately 55 pounds. The child was wearing a pink long-sleeve top with the words "Future Princess Hero" and gray pants with pandas on them when her body was found.
At this time, the case is being investigated as a suspicious death. There was no signs of trauma to her body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine an official cause of death.
“We don’t have any motive. We don’t have any reason for why this happened, or how this happened. And that’s the purpose for being here today — to get the public’s assistance and hopefully identify the victim so our investigators can head down that path,” Lt. Hoglund said.
Investigators are asking the public to report anything suspicious they may have seen on or near Hacienda Boulevard prior to when the child's body was discovered. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.