LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Authorities on Thursday continued their investigation into the death of a girl believed to be between 8 and 13 years old whose body was found on Tuesday partially inside a large duffel bag near an equestrian trail in the Hacienda Heights area.
But the girl is not Skylar Mannie, a 13-year-old girl who was last seen in Lancaster on Feb. 14, the sheriff’s department reported Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a composite sketch of the girl, who was black, about 4 feet 5 inches tall and 55 pounds, 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.
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.
“It’s a sad moment for the department, for the community, and we’re going to do our best to figure out what led to the suspicious death of the child involved,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a Wednesday news conference. “I’ve directed the investigators to spare no effort to find out what happened.”
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.
“Investigators did not observe any obvious signs of trauma to the victim’s body,” he said.