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Child's body discovered on Hacienda Heights hiking trail

Child's body discovered on Hacienda Heights hiking trail
The body of a child was found on a hiking trial in Hacienda Heights early Tuesday, authorities said. (Los Angeles Times)

The body of a child who may have been as young as 7 was found on a Hacienda Heights hiking trail Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The body was found about 10 a.m. by workers who were landscaping on the hiking trail in the area of Hacienda Boulevard and Glenmark Drive, said Nicole Nishida, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

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The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the body was left at the location at least 24 hours earlier, authorities said.

The cause and manner of death were not immediately known, but the case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department’s homicide unit, Nishida said.

Nishida said the victim was between the ages of 7 and 10, though the victim’s gender was not immediately known.

The body was found near the Hsi Lai Buddhist temple, but Nishida said the crime scene was not on the temple’s property.

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