The body of a woman who police believe to be the 17th victim of a serial prostitute killer was found by schoolchildren in the stairwell of a South-Central Los Angeles elementary school Monday afternoon.
"The condition of the body, the location and a number of other similarities have caused us to accept this as one of our investigations," said Lt. John Zorn, co-leader of the Southside Prostitute Killer Joint Task Force.
Investigators from the sheriff's and Los Angeles Police Department task force were summoned to the 68th St. Elementary School to investigate the death of the unidentified black woman, perhaps the latest victim of the killer who police believe has strangled and stabbed as many as 16 women, most of them black prostitutes, since September 1983.
The partly clothed body was spotted on the landing of a covered stairwell between the first and second floors. How the woman died had not been determined.