Dad identifies little girl stuffed in duffel bag & dumped on hiking trail; murder charges likely: Police

A little girl found stuffed in a luggage bag and discarded on a hiking trail in California last week has been identified by her father.

CBS Los Angeles reports that Antonio Jones identified the girl as his daughter, Trinity Love Jones. Trinity, 8, was found by maintenance workers on Tuesday at around 10:30 a.m., east of Hacienda Boulevard, next to the Shan Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. During a press conference last week, officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said that the deceased girl’s body was partially stuffed inside a black duffel 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.”

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Antonio told the outlet that a positive DNA match was made to Trinity through a family member. He declined to discuss details on the child’s living situation, and reportedly claimed he didn’t want to say anything to compromise the case.

[Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office]
Police confirmed that two people are being held on suspicion of murder in the case, but their names have yet to be released. Trinity’s father is not considered a suspect. Trinity was his youngest daughter, and Jones  learned about her death through a phone call, according to KTLA 5.

“Investigators have detained two persons of interest in this case and they are actively continuing their investigation,” Deputy Tracey Koerner of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.

“She was just the best,” Jones said. “Full of character, full of life, full of joy…..I just want answers. I just want justice.”

LASD wrote that although the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner- Coroner’s Office “determined the death to be a homicide,” they are not yet saying how the little girl was killed. Authorities plan to hold a press conference with further information at some point this week.

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[Feature Photo: Trinity Jones/ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office]