Michelle Lozano: Nude Teen's Body Found Near 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights
State Street near the 5 freeway.
Updated after the jump with details about how she was found.
A nude body discovered at the side of a freeway off-ramp in Boyle Heights belongs to a 17-year-old girl, authorities said late Tuesday.
LAPD officials told TV news crews Tuesday the girl had tattoos. Her remains were found 11:40 p.m. Monday in a plastic tub in the bushes next to the State Street off-ramp of the southbound 5 freeway in Boyle Heights, according to police and reports.
Some outlets, including KTLA News, stated it appeared the container fell or was pushed from a moving vehicle.
The container was broken and open when they came upon it, cops said.
The girl's identity was not released.
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Police originally said the victim appeared to be homeless.
Update: She has been identified as 17-year-old Michelle Lozano of Boyle Heights.
Update No. 2: According to an LAPD statement issued Wednesday afternoon, " ... The victim had been wrapped in plastic bags and stuffed in a plastic container. The container had then been dumped over a concrete barrier along the freeway. When it hit the ground, the container broke open and spilled the girl's body into the shrubs."
While the 5 foot, 6 inch, 130 pound girl has "distinctive tattoos," the LAPD would not confirm the identity published here and elsewhere.
Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.
Originally posted at 7:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27.