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Whittier: Stephanie Almanzan, 21

October 14, 2009 | 10:38 am


Stephanie Almanzan, a 21-year-old white woman, was found dead on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the 13100 block of Firestone Boulevard in Whittier, authorities said.

Almanzan, of Whittier, was discovered about 12:30 a.m. after firefighters extinguished a blaze set inside a trash bin behind a furniture store in the 13100 block of Firestone, Whittier police said.

Almanzan_Vigil Almanzan’s hands and feet were tied with cord and her body was badly charred, said Officer Jason Zuhlke. Almanzan’s identity was confirmed Saturday through dental records.

Family members had suspected the body belonged to Almanzan. who had two tattoos that matched those on the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 945-8250.

-- Corina Knoll

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Photos: The vigil for Stephanie Almanzan, a 21-year-old white woman who was found inside in a Whittier trash bin. Credit: Sarah Ardalani / Los Angeles Times