Workers find deceased little girl ‘pushed down embankment’ and left on remote hiking trail: Report

Los Angeles workers stumbled upon a young child’s body on Tuesday at an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights.

KTLA 5 reports that investigators identified the body as a black female around seven to 10 years of age after workers in the area found her on early Tuesday morning. The Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner is currently trying to determine the cause of death.

Lt. Scott Hogland said the death was currently being investigate as a homicide, although it’s unclear whether any trauma was found on the child. He added that investigators are looking for anyone who may have a child missing that matches the age range and description. Authorities believe the little girl was likely killed prior to being left in the area.

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Hogland also said the body was found “in the close proximity” to luggage, but it’s unclear whether the body was inside the luggage. He said that girl’s body had been dumped or “pushed off the edge of roadway down the embankment,” where she landed onto the trail. Investigators think the body was left there within 24 hours of the discovery.

“I trust (the Sheriff’s Department) will identify this young victim and find whoever is responsible for this child’s death,” L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said on Tuesday.

So far, no arrests have been made. Anyone with information regarding the girl is urged to contact call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323- 890-5500. Anonymous information should be sent to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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