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Coroner's office identifies woman allegedly pushed from vehicle on the 105 Freeway

May 17, 2010 |  1:21 pm

Los Angeles County coroner's officials on Monday identified the body of a woman allegedly thrown from a vehicle on the 105 Freeway in Paramount as Edwinta Hereford, 19.

Authorities said Hereford had been pushed from a speeding car moving east on the 105 near Garfield Avenue. Her body was discovered about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff's homicide investigators, who could not immediately identify Hereford, had asked for the public's help, describing a distinctive tattoo on her back that read "Kenaya Faith Morgan."

Her body was discovered by a driver on the freeway, said Det. Phil Martinez, who is handling the homicide investigation. The passerby "saw small feet" and pulled over to see if it was a child.

Several others drivers also pulled over and called the authorities, Martinez said. When asked how long Hereford's body had been on the freeway, Martinez said evidence suggested that her body was discovered within an hour of being thrown from the vehicle.

Coroner's officials said Monday that they had not yet determined whether Hereford was killed when she was thrown from the vehicle or was killed elsewhere and her body was dumped. An autopsy is pending and is expected to be completed no later than Tuesday.

Anyone with information about Hereford's death is asked to contact L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives Martinez and Sylvia Brossoit at (323) 890-5500.

-- Sarah Ardalani