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Man sought in death of 15-year-old girl from East L.A.

September 11, 2009 |  9:43 am

Barraza Authorities are searching for a man who may be connected to the death of a 15-year-old East Los Angeles girl who was killed seven years ago.

Jorge Barraza, 29, who also goes by “Trooper,” is a person of interest in the murder investigation of Brenda Sierra, who was killed in 2002, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Larry Brandenburg.

Brenda, a sophomore at Schurr High School in Montebello, was last seen walking from her home on Leonard Avenue to a friend’s house on Harding Avenue just after 7 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2002. Her body was found the next day in the woods of the San Bernardino Mountains.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is offering a $150,000 reward to anyone with information about Brenda’s murder. Tipsters should contact Brandenburg at (323) 890-5500.

Read about the family of Brenda Sierra in today’s Column One.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: Jorge Barraza. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


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