One of two young women whose bodies were found in a park in Montecito Heights was identified by the coroner’s office today as 19-year-old Gabriela Calzada.
The women’s deaths have been classified as homicides, Officer Aareon Jefferson of the Los Angeles Police Departments Media Relations Section said.
One of the women was reported missing about 9 p.m. Wednesday, nearly seven hours after the bodies were found about 2:20 p.m. near Mercury and Boundary avenues along a walking path through Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, according to the LAPD. No details were immediately available about who made the report.
The coroner’s office reported that a security hold ordered by investigators precluded the release of the other victim’s name.
A woman walking her dog came upon the bodies, which were on the side of a hill, and called police, LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig said Wednesday.
Los Angeles police Capt. Martin Baeza told the Los Angeles Times the women were found fully clothed about 300 yards from the street, and did not appear to have been sexually assaulted. He declined to comment on whether police found obvious signs of trauma on the bodies.
Autopsies to determine the victims’ causes of death were pending, according to the coroner’s office.
— City News Service