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Fountain Valley police investigating Long Beach woman’s death as a homicide

A view from Tradewinds Street toward Amberwood Circle is the scene where a car and body were discovered.
A view from Tradewinds Street toward Amberwood Circle is the scene where a car and body were discovered after a woman was found dead in her car from a gunshot wound on Monday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Fountain Valley police are investigating the death of a Long Beach woman in the city earlier this week as a homicide.

Officers responded to a call reporting a traffic collision in a residential neighborhood near the intersection of Slater Avenue and Tradewinds Street on Monday at approximately 6:11 p.m., authorities said.

Upon their arrival, officers found Fountain Valley Fire Department personnel and residents attempting to provide medical aid to the driver of a vehicle that had come to a stop along the curb on the south side of Amberwood Circle and adjacent to the west curb of Tradewinds Street.

A view from Tradewinds Street toward Amberwood Circle in Fountain Valley.
A view from Tradewinds Street toward Amberwood Circle is the scene where a car and body were discovered after a woman was found dead in her car from a gunshot wound on Monday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

A gunshot wound to the driver, a 26-year-old woman, was discovered, authorities said in a news release. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was withheld, pending notification of her family members.

Sgt. Donald Farmer, a spokesman for the Fountain Valley police department, said there was not a second vehicle involved in the incident.

“We restricted access at Slater and treated that as the crime scene south of there,” Farmer said. “It’s really active. We’ve been full effort following up on everything that we can.”

A homicide investigation is ongoing after a woman was found dead in her car from a gunshot wound.
A homicide investigation is ongoing after a woman was found dead in her car from a gunshot wound near the intersection of Slater Avenue and Tradewinds Street in Fountain Valley on Monday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

As the investigation continues, authorities are canvassing the area and the projected path during the incident trying to locate additional video, Farmer said. There has not been a reward issued in the case.

The public is encouraged to come forward with information that could be helpful to the investigation. Tips can be submitted by calling Det. Ben Roddy at (714) 593-4465 or Det. Kimberly Holmes at (714) 593-4480.

A homicide investigation is ongoing after a woman was found dead in her car in Fountain Valley on Monday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

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