LOS ANGELES (CNS) — An autopsy has been completed on a girl believed to be between eight and 13 years old whose body was found partially inside a large duffel bag near an equestrian trail and the coroner’s office has ruled the manner of death as a homicide, sheriff’s officials said.
There was no word on the cause of the girl’s death mentioned in the announcement released Friday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a composite sketch of the girl on Wednesday, along with photos of the pink long-sleeve top with the words “Future Princess Hero” and gray pants with pandas on them that she was wearing when her body was found.
The girl found in Hacienda Heights was described as black, about four feet five inches tall and 55 pounds.
County workers clearing some brush in the area south of Hacienda Boulevard and Glenmark Drive, just below a Buddhist temple, came across the youngster’s remains about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The girl’s body was “found partially inside of a black roll-away type duffel bag,” with her head and upper body protruding from the partially zipped bag, according to sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund.