Coroner IDs body found at Newhall Metrolink Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department seal. File Photo
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department seal. File Photo

Medical examiners identified the body of a woman found dead in her car in the parking lot of the Newhall Metrolink Station on Wednesday. 

Brenda Encarnacion, 31, of Santa Clarita, was found deceased by first responders. She’s believed to have sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her torso. Detectives recovered a weapon at the scene; however, detectives are waiting for medical examiners to make the official determination. 

“It’s an apparent suicide based on the evidence that investigators saw at the scene,” said Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau. “However, we’re going to wait for the coroner to do their autopsy just to confirm.” 

Encarnacion was an officer for the federal government, according to investigators, but her official position was not immediately available. 

Homicide officials said there was no note left at the scene of the suspected suicide.  

The incident is part of an active investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives.  

The body was reportedly found near a vehicle after firefighters responded to a medical emergency call in the station parking lot on the 24300 block of Railroad Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Matheny. 

Initial reports indicated two patients with gunshot wounds, but upon arrival, first responders found Encarnacion, Matheny said. 

She was pronounced dead on the scene, Matheny added. 

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