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Body of burned woman identified

October 13, 2009|Corina Knoll

Authorities have identified the burned body of a woman found in a trash bin near Interstate 5 in Santa Fe Springs.

Stephanie Almanzan, 21, of Whittier was discovered about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 6 after firefighters extinguished a blaze inside a trash bin behind a furniture store in the 13100 block of Firestone Boulevard, Whittier police said.

Almanzan's hands and feet were tied with cord and her body was badly charred, Officer Jason Zuhlke said at the time. Her identity was confirmed through dental records.

Family members suspected it was Almanzan's body because she had two tattoos that matched those on the victim. A public vigil is scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. near the site where her body was found, according to the Whittier Daily News.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 945-8250.

-- Corina Knoll

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