Woman’s decomposed body found near Lake Hodges

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities asked the public Tuesday for help in identifying a woman whose partially decomposed body was found last weekend near Lake Hodges.

The remains were discovered near a walking trail off the 19900 block of Lake Drive in the Del Dios area about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s Lt. Kenn Nelson said.

The woman, who had been dead for three to six weeks, was of Hispanic or African-American decent, 25 to 35 years old and about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Her body was clad in shorts and an athletic jersey. She was also found wearing a very distinctive ring.

Officials have released no information on the woman’s cause of death.

Anyone who might be able to help investigators determine her identity was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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