El SERENO — The bodies of two women were discovered this afternoon in the area of Debs Park, according to the LAPD. The women, believed to be Latinas between the ages of 18 to 25, were found at about 2:20 p.m. near Mercury Avenue and Boundary Street in the southern edge of the park by a woman who was walking her dog, said LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig.
Homicide detectives with the Hollenbeck Division are investigating the matter but it’s not clear how the women died, Ludwig said.
KTLA said that aerial video showed two, clothed bodies that appeared to be about 20 feet apart.
Update @ 11: 46 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 29: Jose Ramirez, who supervises homicide detectives at the Hollenbeck Division, said police are awaiting information from the coroner to determine the cause of death and identify the victims. He would not say whether the victims had any visible injuries. “It does not appear to be related to any other incidents in the park,” he said.
Update @ 9:36 p.m.: Police are now saying that it appears that the two women were the victims of a homicide based on preliminary information. “We are treating it as such,” said Sgt. Rick Colombia with the Hollenbeck Division. The women’s faces showed possible signs of blunt force trauma, he said.