Los Angeles authorities are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a little girl whose body was dumped at an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, county workers doing discovered the little girl’s body inside at luggage bag at around 10:30 a.m., east of Hacienda Boulevard, next to the Shan Hsi Lai Temple. During a Wednesday press conference, officials with the sheriff’s office said that girl’s body was partially stuffed inside the bag.
“Investigators believe that the victim was dumped at the location sometime during the late evening hours of Sunday, March 3,” Lt. Scott Hoglund said. “The victim was in fact found partially inside a black rollaway type duffel bag. The upper portion of the victim was protruding from that bag.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators initially thought the little girl was anywhere from 7-10 years of age, but they now believe she was anywhere from 8-13 years of age and likely stood around 4-feet 5-inches tall. She weighed around 55 pounds with a thin build. She was wearing a long-sleeve shirt with the words “Future Princess Hero” written on the front, and gray pants when the workers discovered her body.
The cause of death has not been determined but authorities are treating the death as suspicious.
Investigators are unsure whether the child was dead or alive before being put into the luggage. On Tuesday, authorities said the girl may have been pushed down an embankment, but on Wednesday, Hoglund said they can’t be sure of that at this time.
PRESS CONFERENCE: LASD Homicide Detectives Release Composite Sketch of Little Girl Found Dead Near Hiking Trail in Hacienda Heights
Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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.
[Feature Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office]