29-Year-Old Signal Hill Resident ID’d as Woman Whose Body Was Found in Long Beach Flood Basin

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A woman whose body was discovered in a flood control basin near the Los Angeles River was identified Wednesday morning as a Signal Hill resident by the L.A. County coroner's office.

A woman's body was discovered in a flood control basin in Long Beach on Dec. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A woman's body was discovered in a flood control basin in Long Beach on Dec. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Samantha Lang, 29, was found deceased around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Her name was confirmed by coroner's Lt. Smith.

Lang's body was located about 15 hours after officers received a call regarding a suspicion vehicle in the 1000 block of West Carson Street Monday morning, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The vehicle was apparently abandoned in the flood control basin, and was subsequently towed from the scene, Long Beach police Lt. David Faris said.

After it was removed, officers couldn't find the registered owner of the car, prompting investigators to open a critical missing person case, according to a police news release.

Lang was found during an intense search of the area.

Before she was identified, authorities said they believed the deceased woman was the owner of the car.

A cause of death has not been released.

Multiple neighbors told KTLA she had installed a security camera last week, and one woman said Lang sometimes fought with her boyfriend.

"There's always occasional fighting. It just sounds like boyfriend, girlfriend type of fighting, nothing super violent," neighbor Cat Ragus said.

Witnesses reported that they saw him crying hysterically and sleeping in an alleyway near apartment the day before her body was discovered.

When asked about the boyfriend, Faris told KTLA he had "no information at all" about that.

The woman's death remains under investigation, and anyone with info is urged to call Long Beach homicide detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch, Michael Hubbard or Ben Vargas at 562-570-7244.

Additionally, those wishing to remain anonymous can leave tips through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.

KTLA's Irving Last contributed to this story.