Police in California asking public to help identify girl found dead in duffel bag

Police in Southern California hope someone can lead them to the identity of this girl, who was found dead Tuesday. (Photo: L.A. County Sheriff)

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (WTHR) - Police in California are asking the public to help them identify a young girl whose body was found partially stuffed in a duffel bag on a trail in Southern California.

County workers were doing cleaning and maintenance on an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles, when they discovered the body Tuesday morning.

The girl is described as African-American, between the ages of 8 and 13. Detectives don't know if she was alive or deceased when she was put in the rollaway-type duffel bag in which she was found.

Police said they have no leads on her identity and said there were no obvious signs of trauma that would help them determine a cause of death.

"We don't have any information on this victim. We don't have any motive, why this happened, how this happened," police said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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