The body of a 27-year-old woman was found dead of multiple stab wounds early Friday at a construction site near the corner of Jamboree Road and Edinger Avenue, authorities said.
Police said they are looking into the possibility that the victim, identified as Belinda L. Carrasquillo, was involved in prostitution and whether that led to her death.
“It appears she was killed somewhere else and dumped in our city,” said Tustin Police Lt. Houston Williams.
Construction workers arriving for work made the grisly discovery at the site about 6:20 a.m., police said. Carrasquillo, who was naked from the waist down, was found covered with blood and dirt, police said.
Police said Carrasquillo, whose last known address was in Riverside, had been indentified by her fingerprints after an autopsy Friday.
Carrasquillo’s police record indicates one arrest for prostitution but it was not clear Friday if she was ever convicted.
Investigators speculated that the shehad been sexually abused before her death.
“Because of the manner in which the body was found, we think it’s either a rape or there’s some other kind of sexual involvement,” Williams said, adding there are currently no suspects.
Throughout the morning, detectives searched the area for clues, including tire tracks in a dirt lot where a business park is being built.
“We’re out there beating the bushes right now. . . . We have investigators interviewing the prostitute community,” he said. At least eight investigators had been assigned to the case, he added.
Williams said that vice officers had recently cracked down on prostitution in the city, resulting in about 12 arrests two weeks ago.
“They say that prostitution is a victimless crime, but then something like this happens,” Williams said.
Police said anyone who might have seen something suspicious near the intersection between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the discovery Friday morning should call investigators at (714) 544-5424.