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Help sought in identifying burned body in Joshua Tree

August 27, 2010 |  3:01 pm

San Bernardino County authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found set on fire early Tuesday in Joshua Tree.

Because of burns to the victim’s hands and face, coroner’s investigators were unable to identify the woman by fingerprints or facial features.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detectives suspect that the woman was killed elsewhere, possibly in another Southern California county or in Arizona, and that were body was then dumped and set ablaze near California 62 at Hollinger Road -- less than half a mile from a California Highway Patrol office.

The victim was wearing dark-blue, Wilson brand athletic pants and jacket with a black, ribbed tank top and blue denim baseball cap. The victim also was wearing stud earrings -– gold with a red stone.

Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff's detectives at (909) 387-3589, or a confidential tip line at (800) 782-7463.

-- Phil Willon