Suspects Arrested: Body of Girl, 9, Found near Los Angeles Hiking Trail Identified
The body of a nine-year-old girl who was found stuffed in a bag near an equestrian trail has been identified. Police also detained two suspects for questioning.
Two people have been detained in connection with the death of a young girl. The nine-year-old had been stuffed into a duffel bag that was found near a Los Angeles-area trail.
Police confirmed the girl's identity as 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones of Los Angeles County on Sunday night. They also revealed that two persons of interest had been detained for questioning.
#BREAKING Sketch just released of a girl whose body was found on an equestrian trail in the Hacienda Heights area Tuesday morning. Sheriff says body was dumped, w/ suitcase. @lacountysheriff @CBSLA @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/UpfQZphIPp— JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) March 6, 2019
"Investigators have detained two persons of interest in this case and they are actively continuing their investigation," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement on Sunday. "Although the Coroner's Office determined the death to be a homicide, the cause of death is being withheld."
Trinity's barefoot body was found last Tuesday along a trail in Hacienda Heights, California. Police, at the time, described her as African-American, thin, only 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 55 pounds.
Authorities said there were no obvious signs of trauma however her death was ruled suspicious. It remains unclear if she was dead before being placed in the bag.
The sheriff department's confirmation came just after a family came forward to identify the young girl as Trinity. Family and community members held a makeshift memorial on Sunday near the trail where Trinity was found and decorated the area with pink flowers, balloons, stuffed animals and photos of the young girl.
Family identifies Trinity Love Jones, 9, as the girl found dead in a duffel bag on a Hacienda Heights trail last Tuesday. The coroner has ruled the death a homicide. https://t.co/323l26JOJb pic.twitter.com/vJaMAnRLRo— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) March 11, 2019
Officials have not released the identity of the suspects they detained. They revealed the information would be released later this week.
"Due to the overwhelming response from the news media and tips received from the public, investigators have identified the deceased child discovered on March 5, 2019," the sheriff department said in the statement. "As additional facts are established and verified, investigators anticipate that additional information will be available for release during a press conference later in the week."