Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

LA deputies identify girl found dead in duffel bag

LA deputies identify girl found dead in duffel bag

Investigators have identified a girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case.

Late on Sunday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office identified the girl as Trinity Love Jones, age 9. Investigators said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the little girl's body.

Two "persons of interest" in the case have been detained, the sheriff's office said in a release, while police are "are actively continuing their investigation".

A man who identified himself as the girl's father told KTLA-TV on Sunday that he was in shock.

According to KTLA, Jones' father, Anthony Jones, received a call on Sunday learning that the little girl, whose drawing and tragic death has made national headlines, was his 9-year-old daughter. "She was covered up with grass, like the bush was kind of covering her hair, and then she was wrapped up in a blanket, and she was stuffed in a duffel bag", he said. 'Full of character, full of life, full of joy'. LASD said it will release more information on Jones' death at a news conference later this week. "I just want justice".

Sheriff Alex Villanueva has directed his investigators to spare no effort to find out what happened to Trinity Love Jones.

Flowers and photos of Trinity near where she was found dead last week.

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Breaking: The body discovered in a bag on a hiking trail in Hacienda Heights earlier this week has been identified as 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones.

An autopsy has been completed on the body of a girl believed to be between 8 and 13 years old and described as black, about 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 55 pounds.

"This has really hit home", she said.

A 2016 Los Angeles Times examination of child homicides found there had been more than 400 since January 1, 2000, across Los Angeles County.

"Words can't explain what I'm feeling right now", Jones said at the memorial site.

Dan Scott, a retired L.A. County Sheriff's sergeant who was involved in dozens of child abuse and death investigations, told the Times that the circumstances of this case are particularly unusual and that it's 'extremely rare to see a child's body dumped'.

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