Detectives release name of woman found slain in Angeles National Forest

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Detectives have released the name of a San Pedro woman found brutally slain last month on a hiking trail north of the San Gabriel Valley.
Arela Leyva Quinones, 45, was pronounced dead after her body was discovered by hikers on a trail at the east end of East Fork Road, Lt. Dave Coleman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. She had been stabbed in the throat.
No suspects were in custody, however detectives continued following leads in the investigation, Coleman said.
“We’re doing forensic examination of tire tracks at the scene,” the lieutenant said. It was not clear Wednesday what type of vehicle they belonged to.
There were no personal items found along with Quinone’s body, and it was not known whether anything was stolen from her, Coleman said.
Detectives have identified and visited other location connected to the slaying, however Coleman declined to give further details, citing the ongoing investigation.
Quinones was a mother, officials said, though it was not clear how many children she had, or how old they are. She had no gang ties.
It appeared she was killed at the site where her body was discovered sometime earlier in the day, Coleman said.
Information was not available from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner due to a security hold requested by sheriff’s investigators that remained in effect Wednesday, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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