Coroner IDs woman found unconscious in parking lot

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies canvas and area of parking lot inside the River Oaks Shopping Center following the death of a woman Sunday night. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Investigators have identified the woman who died shortly after being found unconscious in a shopping center parking lot Sunday as 22-year-old Krista Gamboa, of Santa Clarita.

Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said investigators had contacted family members of the deceased woman Thursday.

An autopsy is still to be done, he said.

Gamboa was found at the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and McBean Parkway. She died a short time later at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

First responders arrived at the River Oaks Shopping Center after receiving a call at 5:21 p.m. Sunday about an unconscious woman, according to Capt. Michael Fuentes of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“We received a report that there was a medical emergency in the parking lot of the Valencia Target,” Lt. Andrew Dahring of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Sunday.

The circumstances behind the woman’s arrival to that location remain unknown at this time.

Sheriff’s deputies on the scene said there is no known threat to public safety in connection to their investigation.

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