Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a young woman who was found stabbed to death near the entrance of a park in Sylmar Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
About 6:15 a.m., officers were called out to Carey Ranch Park, in the 15000 block of Crestknoll Drive, after receiving a report of a possible body inside, said LAPD Officer Tony Kuey.
A park ranger discovered the body in a grassy area adjacent to the parking lot while opening the park, which is closed each day from sunset to sunrise.
Detectives believe the victim entered the park on foot with the assailant after the park was closed.
“In order to get up there they have to unlock the gate," said LAPD Lt. Mike Kozak, indicating that would have been difficult for them to do. "So most likely, they probably jumped the fence.”
She died from stab wounds to the chest area.
The park ranger initially told first responders the woman's throat had apparently been slit, according to LAPD Sgt. Murillo.
The victim was described by police as being in her mid to late 20s. She has not yet been identified.
No additional information was immediately released, including a suspect description.
KTLA's Irving Last and Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.