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Questions remain about death of woman whose dismembered body was found on freeway

February 11, 2010 |  7:01 pm

Investigators are still trying to determine how a woman whose dismembered body was found on a Sun Valley freeway this week was killed.

It's not clear if the woman's body was dropped from an overpass or if she fell from a vehicle or was struck as she walked along the roadway, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol began receiving reports of a dead animal on the southbound 5 Freeway near Laurel Canyon shortly after 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. The victim's body was dismembered.

"She was possibly struck by multiple vehicles," said CHP Officer Ming Hsu. "One person has so far come in to say they hit the body."

"How it happened is still unknown,"  Hsu said.

Investigators with the CHP's Altadena station are awaiting a coroner's autopsy to aid them in determining  how and when the woman died.

Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner's office, said the woman has been identified but her name would not be made public until her family is notified.

-- Richard Winton

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