Coroner IDs Golden Valley remains as female

Sheriff's deputies stage at the scene where possible human remains were found near Golden Valley High School on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department have uncovered evidence to conclude that human remains found last week in a field near Golden Valley High School are those of a female.

Coroner spokesman Lt. David Smith told The Signal Wednesday morning that the remains in case #1911 were determined to be female.

“The identity remains undetermined,” he said.

The woman’s remains were found March 7 south of Robert C. Lee Parkway, southwest of the high school, at the bottom of an embankment in a “dirt field turnaround” area off of Golden Valley Road.

Sgt. Troy Ewing, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau, revealed the day after being assigned to the case that the body was about two months old.

Ewing also said early in his investigation that foul play is suspected.

“Any time you find a body in a location like this there’s always some type of foul play suspected,” he said in an interview last week.

“But, it could be anything,” he said. “It could be someone who overdosed, where the friend got scared and dumped the body, you don’t know.

“And, we won’t know until the coroner conducts his investigation,” Ewing said.

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