Authorities Saturday continued to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found in Mountain Center.

The woman’s body was found with unexplained injuries at around 5:40 p.m. Thursday in the open area of a large private property in the 58000 block of Bonita Vista Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies initially believed the death was a traffic fatality but later homicide detectives took over the investigation, sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators remained at the scene collecting evidence until late afternoon Friday due to the difficult terrain and inclement weather.

The identify of the woman was not released pending notification of her family.

Anyone with information about the death was urged to call Master Investigator Loureiro of the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Station at 951-955-277 or Investigator Rinkert of the sheriff’s Hemet Station at 951-791-3400.

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