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Body found in Echo Park Lake [4:30 p.m. update]

ECHO PARK — The body of a woman was found floating in Echo Park Lake this morning, according to police.  There were no signs of foul play involved but an investigation continues, said Lt. Orlando Chandler with the LAPD Rampart Division. The woman was believed to be between 40 to 50 years of age, he said.

Several police officers were gathered near the woman’s body on the southeastern side of the lake in the 600 block of Echo Park Avenue, said one resident. Police had gone door-to-door asking if residents had any information, said one man.

* Update @ 4:30 p.m. The woman, believed to be 55 years of age, was on crutches and had a cast on one leg when her body was found, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division.

“By the looks of the scene, she may have fallen into the water, and been unable to get out,” said Buhrmester in a comment to this post. “There were no signs of foul play, or trauma consistent with blunt force or an assault. The coroner’s investigator estimated she had been in the water eight to ten hours. An autopsy will be conducted to determine a more precise cause of death and classification.”

 

 

 

* Update:  The police are now saying the death may have been accidental. The woman, whose body was reported to authorities at about 7:30 a.m.,  is said to have been 60 years old, according to the most recent fire department reports.



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12 comments

  1. I was walking my dog around the lake this morning and saw her body by the water. The area was taped off and many police officers were there. So sad.

  2. I just spoke with the investigating officers, who advised that preliminarily the incident is being carried as an accidental death. The woman, 55 years old and whose next of kin have yet to be notified, was on crutches and had a cast on one leg. By the looks of the scene, she may have fallen into the water, and been unable to get out. There were no signs of foul play, or trauma consistent with blunt force or an assault. The coroner’s investigator estimated she had been in the water eight to ten hours. An autopsy will be conducted to determine a more precise cause of death and classification.

    Wes
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  3. IT Must Have Been Late In The Evening .. And Not No One Here Her Crys For Help .. Poor thing.. She Could Have Survied If The Water Was Shallow All The Way Around The Lake.. May She Rest In Gods Hevenly Hands”

  4. Rest in peace, dear Lady.

  5. And they want to take the fence down around the Silver Lake Reservoir.

  6. Hv to say this is one of the flaws in the design, esp. where there are walls for shoreline instead of sloping rip-rap — when drained the old lake showed the tons of concrete chunks that were placed around the lake after many had drowned. It created a sloping shore (unseen and under water) that gave one a fighting chance to get out. Also provided great habitat for crawfish, bugs and fish.

    I think the wall idea was a very bad design concept. Across from Duck Island, near Lady of the Lake, if a child falls in at the walled shore with no adults around — and a rescuing adult had better have very long arms and good strength — that child is simply not going to survive.

    • Well, not to be obvious, but, the depth of the lake is only 4 feet around the perimeter, and at its deepest, by the “damn dam”, 8ft….

      Most folks can stand up in 4 ft of water,,,,,,the fellows caring for the water plants are barely up to their waists…..seems there is more to this sad story…..

      as for the chitlin, parents need to be ever present…………

      • You are completely wrong about the depth, I walked the dry lake before filled and there are places at walls deeper than 4′. ‘Most folks,’ you say, aren’t toddlers or kids.

        Fellows caring for the plants are standing on the beds.

  7. She got caught slippn .. Hahaha orrale
    que no ..

  8. it’s really weird there always people walking the park .

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