A father is seeking justice after investigators identified the body of a 9-year-old girl found stuffed into a duffel bag and abandoned along an equestrian trial in Los Angeles County.
The young victim has been identified as Trinity Love Jones, the youngest daughter of Antonio Jones.
“Words can’t explain what I’m feeling right now,” he told KTLA after learning of the positive identification. “I just want answers. I just want justice.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that investigators have detained two “persons of interest” in the case and are actively continuing to investigate what may have happened to the young girl.
The county coroner’s office has ruled the death a homicide but authorities are withholding the exact cause of death.
Investigators hope to release more information later this week after “additional facts are established and verified,” the release said.
The sheriff’s office has called in more detectives to help with the investigation after receiving significant leads and information from the public.
“We have had thousands of tips come in across the country,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener said, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The child’s body was found March 5 along an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights. Her 55-pound body had been placed in a duffel bag and left about 120 yards from the trail. She was wearing a pink shirt that read “Future Princess Hero.”
Investigators believe her body was discovered at the site less than 48 hours after it had been dropped there.
They are now hoping DNA and other forensic evidence recovered at the scene can point them to the person responsible for her death.
After learning the young victim’s identity, family members visited the site, leaving behind flowers, stuffed animals and candles at a makeshift memorial.
“She was just the best,” Antonio Jones told the local station. “Full of character, full of life, full of joy.”
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