Public Asked to Help Identify Body Found in Burning Car

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials are seeking the public's help to identify a young woman whose charred body was found inside the trunk of a burning Cadillac that was reported stolen in Anaheim.

A motorist spotted the car with the trunk on fire about 11 p.m. Wednesday in the Rancho Dominquez area. The car was parked in an industrial area in the 19800 block of Santa Fe Avenue near the Long Beach Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard, just north of Carson, said Diane Hecht, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

After firefighters doused the flames, authorities pried open the trunk and found the body of a white female in her late teens inside, Hecht said. The car had been reported stolen in Anaheim three hours earlier.

The victim had a tattoo on the back of her left shoulder of a flower with the word "Kelly" below it, Hecht said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide bureau at (213) 890-5500.

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