Michelle Lozano: Nude Teen's Body Found Near 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights
A nude body discovered at the side of a freeway off-ramp in Boyle Heights belongs to a 17-year-old girl, authorities said late Tuesday.
LAPD officials told TV news crews Tuesday the girl had tattoos. Her remains were found 11:40 p.m. Monday in a plastic tub in the bushes next to the State Street off-ramp of the southbound 5 freeway in Boyle Heights, according to police and reports.
Some outlets, including KTLA News, stated it appeared the container fell or was pushed from a moving vehicle.
The container was broken and open when they came upon it, cops said.
The girl's identity was not released.
Police originally said the victim appeared to be homeless.
Update: She has been identified as 17-year-old Michelle Lozano of Boyle Heights.
Update No. 2: According to an LAPD statement issued Wednesday afternoon, " ... The victim had been wrapped in plastic bags and stuffed in a plastic container. The container had then been dumped over a concrete barrier along the freeway. When it hit the ground, the container broke open and spilled the girl's body into the shrubs."
While the 5 foot, 6 inch, 130 pound girl has "distinctive tattoos," the LAPD would not confirm the identity published here and elsewhere.
Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.
Originally posted at 7:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27.