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Missing woman's body found in car

March 09, 2009|Paloma Esquivel

A 22-year-old woman whose body was found inside the trunk of her car after a tip was sent to a local TV station, had been missing for more than a week, police said Sunday.

Denise Figueroa's mother reported her missing Feb. 28 after the woman left her mother's North Hills home and did not return, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Dave Cueto.

On Saturday, someone sent a fax to KTLA-TV Channel 5 pointing investigators to Figueroa's car in Valley Village. Police found her body in the trunk of the car, which was parked on the 11700 block of Hortense Street, Cueto said. Investigators are trying to find the person or persons who sent the fax as well as two people it identified as possible suspects, police said.

An autopsy will probably be performed today, authorities said.

-- Paloma Esquivel

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