A little girl whose body was found in a duffel bag near a trail in Hacienda Heights, California was wearing a shirt that said "Future Princess Hero,” and now police are looking for answers to her identity.
At a Wednesday press conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that the girl's body was discovered along an equestrian trail on Tuesday morning. The child is believed to be between 8 and 13 years old, according to the authorities.
It is believed that the body was dumped at the location sometime on Sunday. County workers doing maintenance made the discovery.
The girl's upper body was slightly protruding from the roll-away duffel bag.
“This is being ruled as a suspicious-death investigation,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Scott Hoglund said, adding that there were no obvious signs of trauma on the child’s body.
An autopsy will reportedly be conducted on the child in the next few days.
Residents of the area gathered at the location where the child was found to create a makeshift memorial. Others have been combing the area for clues, according to NBC Los Angeles. Victoria Schaller is one such person.
“This isn’t right,” she told NBC Los Angeles. “It makes me want to cry.”
The girl was about 4’5” tall and weighed about 55 pounds. She is being described as skinny. A sketch has been created in hopes of leading to her identification.
Anyone with information about the child is urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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