Burning Victim May Be Homeless Woman: New Sketch Released FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 24 Jul 1999 20:40:04 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.latimes.com/excite/990722/t000065324.html
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Thursday, July 22, 1999
     The Local Review / Developments In Los Angeles County

     NEW SKETCH RELEASED TO IDENTIFY BURNING VICTIM
                    
WHITTIER--Sheriff's investigators have released a second composite sketch of
a woman burned to death by someone nearly two weeks ago in an
unincorporated area south of Whittier.

Unlike the first sketch, a reconstruction of the woman's face based on
her remains, this one is based on witness descriptions of a homeless
woman who apparently lived in the area and has not been seen since the
July 9 slaying, authorities said.

Residents of the working-class neighborhood told sheriff's detectives
that the homeless woman always wore a green and white bandanna and
flannel shirt, like the victim was wearing, and bore some resemblance to
the first composite.

Neighbors also said they hadn't seen the homeless woman since the
victim was set on fire and burned to death outside a business on the
10700 block of Inez Avenue at about 4 a.m. that Friday.

The face on the new composite is fuller, especially in the cheeks, and
older in appearance than the first.

Deputy Elisabeth Sachs cautioned that the second sketch is solely
based on descriptions of the homeless woman, who may turn out not to be
the victim.

Authorities are hoping that someone who knows the homeless woman or
has seen her will come forward either to negate or help confirm their
theory.

The victim is described as 5-feet-2, 130 pounds and in her late teens
to early 30s.

Anyone with information is asked to call (323) 890-5500.

A man in his 30s seen leaving the crime scene in a blue and white 1984
Chevrolet Silverado pickup is being sought by authorities for
questioning.

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