Girl's body found inside duffle bag on California trail

Authorities in California are seeking the public's help in identifying a child who was found dead in a duffle bag near an equestrian trail on Tuesday.

County Parks and Recreation workers discovered the girl's remains while clearing brush and performing maintenance on the Skyline Trail in Hacienda Heights, Calif., around 10 a.m., according to KNBC

The child, who police describe as African American, is believed to have been between 8 and 13 years old, stood at 4 foot 5 inches tall and weighed approximately 55 pounds. She was wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt that read, "Future Princess Hero," and panda print pants when she was found.

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This sketch provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows the clothing found on a girl whose body was found along a Southern California hiking trail, as they seek the public's help in identifying her. The child is believed to be between 8 and 13 years old. The body was discovered partially inside a duffel bag Tuesday morning, March 5, 2019, by workers landscaping a trail in Hacienda Heights, southeast of Los Angeles. There's no immediate word on the cause of death but homicide detectives are investigating. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)
This sketch provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows a young girl whose body was found along a Southern California hiking trail, as they seek the public's help in identifying her. The child is believed to be between 8 and 13 years old. The body was discovered partially inside a duffel bag Tuesday morning, March 5, 2019, by workers landscaping a trail in Hacienda Heights southeast of Los Angeles. There's no immediate word on the cause of death but homicide detectives are investigating. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the victim was discovered partially stuffed inside a black rollaway duffle bag with her upper body protruding from the luggage. She had no obvious signs of trauma on her body.

An autopsy will be performed by the county's medical examiner to determine the girl's cause of death.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said  "investigators will spare no efforts to find out what happened" to the girl.

Those who recognize the victim or have any information surrounding the case are encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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