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Woman's burned body found in a Dumpster in Santa Fe Springs [Updated]

October 6, 2009 |  7:44 am

A woman's burned body was found in a Dumpster near Interstate 5 in Santa Fe Springs just after midnight today, police said.

Firefighters extinguishing a fire in the Dumpster behind a business in the 13100 block of Firestone Boulevard found the charred remains of a human body, according to a Whittier Police Department news release.

Police were called to the scene and found what appeared to be a badly burned woman's body that had been bound at the hands and feet. The case is being investigated as a homicide, and police have no suspects yet.

[Updated at 8:20 a.m.: Her hands and feet appeared to have been tied with some kind of extension cord or lamp cord, said Whittier Police Officer Jason Zuhlke. The trash bin where her body was found was behind a furniture store, and she was so badly burned her age could not be immediately determined. The coroner’s office will work to identify the body, he said.]

[Updated at noon: Whittier police and L.A. County coroner's investigators said the victim has two tattoos. One is a butterfly on her left shoulder; the second is the name "DAVID" on the right shoulder, next to the shoulder blade]

Detectives ask anyone with information to call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 945-8250.

-- Tony Barboza

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