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California police identify 9-year-old girl found dead in duffel bag

Police have idenitified 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag. Photo courtesy GoFundMe

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department released this sketch of Jones to the public before being able to identify the girl. LASD
By Susannah Cullinane

    (CNN) -- California police have identified the girl whose body was found inside a duffel bag near an equestrian trail last week.

She was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. She was a Los Angeles County resident.

The Coroner's Office ruled her death a homicide, but the cause of death is being withheld, the sheriff's department said. Investigators detained two persons of interest in this case and continue to actively investigate.

"There is no record of Trinity Love Jones as a missing person in the California Missing Persons System," the Department of Justice said.

After learning her identity, relatives arrived at a memorial to the girl -- established where her body had been found in Hacienda Heights, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.

Antonio Jones told the news station that Trinity was his youngest daughter. She was "full of character, full of life, full of joy," he said, according to KTLA.

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

The girl was found Tuesday morning in the area south of Hacienda Boulevard and Glenmark Drive, just below a Buddhist temple, according to police.

Her head and upper body were protruding from the partially zipped roll-away black duffel bag.

Last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Hoglund said authorities believed the girl was left the evening of March 3 in light brush by the trail. But it was not clear if she was dead or alive at the time.

The-CNN-Wire

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