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Police identify Santa Ana woman found stabbed to death in alley

Santa Ana police have identified the woman whose body was found stabbed to death in an alley Tuesday night. 

Police say the victim was Maria Isabel Cerrillo, a 21-year-old Santa Ana resident. They said they are still searching for information about the suspect and whether the stabbing occurred in the alley or if Cerrillo was killed elsewhere and her body was then dumped in the alley. 

Authorities first received calls around 7:45 p.m. from residents of the 200 block of Laurel Street, reporting a young woman being stabbed.

When officers arrived on the scene they found Cerrillo's body in an alley between Laurel and Jackson streets.

Police investigators have yet to determine a motive in the stabbing and do not believe it to be gang-related.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8665.


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