9-year-old Los Angeles-area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

Erika Holt
March 12, 2019

Police had previously called on the public for help in identifying her and released a sketch that featured her in the pink shirt and blue trousers she was wearing when her body was found.

Investigators have identified a girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case.

The family showed up at the public memorial stating the little girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones.

Investigators have detained two persons of interest in this case and they are actively continuing their investigation.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Kent Wegener, said that tips were streaming in about the case. Authorities said that there were no obvious signs of trauma when the body was discovered.

A sheriff's spokesperson late Friday said the girl's death has been ruled a homicide.

Last Tuesday, county workers maintaining a horse trail in the scrubby hills east of Los Angeles noticed a black bag at the bottom of an embankment with something pink sticking out of the top. Camera footage is also being sought from nearby shopping areas.

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Investigators are believed to be waiting for forensic evidence from the duffel bag, including any DNA from there and the child's clothes.

"Words can't explain what I'm feeling right now, "he said, according to KTLA". "I just want answers". I just want justice, ' he said.

Jones described Trinity as "full of character, full of life, full of joy", and told the station that he'd learned of her death earlier that night via a phone call.

'Emiel Hunt, who says on Facebook that he is in a relationship with a woman who appears to be Trinity's mother per other social media posts, is now being held in the Los Angeles County Jail on $2 million bail and a felony accusation, online records show.

A candlelight vigil was held for Jones on Sunday at the site where the body was found, KCBS-TV reported. Every time we asked about her she would say she was okay.

Authorities are still trying to determine who killed the 9-year-old and the circumstances of her death. "We don't have any idea who this child is", Lt. Scott Hoglund told the Los Angeles Times.

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