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Woman Found Dead Near Downtown L.A.; Latest in String of Female Bodies on Eastside?

Woman Found Dead Near Downtown L.A.; Latest in String of Female Bodies on Eastside?
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L.A.'s Eastside and nearby neighborhoods have now seen four murders involving female victims, murders that have gone unsolved in the last two years.

The LAPD has debunked community rumors that there's a serial killer on the loose, saying there are no links. (One case we've noted is in the neighboring city of Vernon).

A woman's body was found yesterday in an industrial area just east of downtown:


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The discovery at Seventh and Rio streets was reported at 1:19 a.m., Officer Cleon Joseph told City News Service.

The victim, found on a sidewalk, appeared to have been stabbed to death, he said. Unlike the other murders mentioned here, however, the victim appeared to be older -- in her 40s, according to police.

In early July another woman's body, that of 24-year-old Maria Castaneda, was found in a similar area, near the L.A. River in the city of Vernon.

Two other homicide cases include:

-That of 22-year-old Bree'Anna Guzman, whose body was discovered next to the Glendale Freeway in Silver Lake in January.

-That of 17-year-old Michelle Lozano of Boyle Heights, whose body was found next to the 5 freeway in Lincoln Heights in April.

Cops have said that anyone with info on those last two cases should call them at 213-486-6890.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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