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Body Found in Angeles National Forest ID’d as San Pedro Woman

Detectives say the 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the throat.

Officials have identified the body of woman found on a trail on East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest last month.

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Homicide Bureau said on Jan. 24, the body of Arela Leyva Quinones, 45, of San Pedro, was discovered by hikers with a stab wound to the throat on the forest hiking trail north of Glendora.

The location of the body was described by deputies as East Fork Road and Prairie Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest.

There are currently no suspects in custody, but detectives are following up on leads, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Detectives do not believe Quinones had any gang affiliations. They determined that she was a mother, but did not say how many children she had. Officials believe she died in the area where her body was found.

Anyone with information on Quinones’ death can call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Ralph Long February 15, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Please follow up on this one! This scares me. I am an avid hiker and often hike in that area. Would love to know if this women was hiking and got stabbed, or if she transported there and stabbed. Was she wearing hiking gear? I love the Angeles National Forest and experience great joy when I am on the trails. It truly is a special area.
Robby February 15, 2013 at 05:33 PM
They're going to set up roadblocks in her neighborhood and near her workplace, right? In case whoever killed her was a close associate. And they'll be swarming the hillside with dogs and hundreds of officers from multiple jurisdictions searching for clues, right? And there will be a million-dollar reward offered for the arrest and conviction of her killer, right?

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