A woman whose partially clad body was found next to a smoldering car was identified Sunday by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department as Angela Fisher Alzahrani of Oxnard.
The 22-year-old woman's body was discovered by a farmer Saturday morning in a field near Sturgis Road near Oxnard after she was apparently chased there and bludgeoned to death, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's investigators said Sunday that Alzahrani was found next to her blue 1977 Toyota Celica, which had been set ablaze by her assailant.
Deputy Coroner Zelmira Isaac said the woman died instantly of traumatic head injuries after being hit with a blunt instrument, possibly larger than a hammer.
Investigators are treating her death as a homicide and are asking any individuals who may have seen her or her car to contact Detectives Rick Gatling at 654-2341 or Mike Barnes at 654-2353.