Woman's Body Discovered in Drainage Canal

The body of an unidentified woman was found early Friday in a drainage canal which runs along Arnold Road in Oxnard, police said.

According to police, the body was discovered about 9:30 a.m. by two surfers who were on their way to a remote beach at the northern edge of Point Mugu Navy base. The unidentified victim is white, estimated to be about 45 years old, with sandy brown hair and brown eyes, police said.

She was dressed in a print blouse and brown slacks and was wearing a pocket watch on a chain around her neck, authorities said. Although an autopsy is scheduled for today, a preliminary investigation revealed that the woman suffered a head injury, police said.

As of late Friday, the police had not identified the woman. An investigation was continuing.

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