The Alhambra Police Department denied social media speculation Tuesday that the deaths of three women whose bodies were found in Almansor Park were connected and possibly the result of a serial killer in the area.
The body of a woman in her 60s was found at about 6:50 a.m. on Sept. 15 in the lake at Almansor Park, police said. She was the third person in less than a year to be found in the area.
“There’s a potential serial killer targeting elderly women,” one woman wrote on Twitter on Thursday. The post received more than 1,300 retweets.
“There have been at least three elderly Asian women found dead in similar circumstances this year in and around Almansor Park and the police continue to say there is no foul play or person of interest in any of their deaths?” another woman wrote on Saturday.
Police attempted to clear up the speculation Tuesday afternoon, saying “The two previous incidents have been thoroughly investigated by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the Alhambra Police Department. In December 2019, a woman was found in the lake at Almansor Park. Her death has been ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. In January 2020, a woman was found near the wash at Almansor Park. According to the Coroner’s Office, the cause of death was hypothermia in this incident.
“We understand these incidents are concerning and may cause some people to be afraid. Your safety is our top priority. Please be assured, there is no public safety threat associated with any of these incidents,” they said.
An autopsy on the third body has not been released, “but the initial investigation shows no foul play was involved,” police said.
The names of the women were not immediately available.
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