UPDATE: Authorities Identify Female Body Found Along Riverbed

UPDATE | Authorities have identified the body of a 17-year-old girl found along the riverbed in downtown Long Beach last week.

Police said the body of Leslie Hernandez, 17, of Santa Monica was found along the waterline of the bottom of the Los Angeles River on Thursday, April 6.

Based on preliminary findings from the coroner’s office, officials are investigating her death as a possible drug overdose.

“The details surrounding why her remains were at that location are still under investigation,” the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) said in a statement.

PREVIOUSLY: Homicide Detectives Investigating Woman’s Death After Body Found Along Riverbed

4/6/17 at 2:16PM | A woman’s body was discovered along the waterline of the bottom of the Los Angeles River in downtown Long Beach early this morning.

Officers responded to the riverbed near the Ocean Boulevard bridge at 1:30AM where they discovered her.

Police also stopped a vehicle that matched a witness description of a vehicle seen leaving the area, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.

The occupants of the vehicle were interviewed by police, however, their involvement is unknown at this time, Pratt said.

Homicide detectives and the county coroner’s office responded to the incident to investigate. LBPD’s Dive Team also responded to search for any potential evidence.

Authorities said the cause of death of the victim is unknown and are unsure if she was homeless.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.
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