Authorities investigating the discovery of a woman’s body parts, which were found in multiple areas of the Los Angeles County public sewer system last month, announced the victim’s name on Tuesday.
The victim was identified as 27-year-old Erin Lynn Cruz from the East San Gabriel area, according to Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Cruz had last been seen alive Oct. 23 in the La Puente area, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities asked for help from anyone who had seen Cruz after Oct. 23.
When a left arm was discovered Oct. 31 at a wastewater treatment plant at 24500 S. Figueroa St., it was the third time in a week that body parts had been found in the public sewer system.
A woman’s torso and head were found Oct. 28 at the San Jose Water Reclamation Plant, a wastewater treatment site near Whittier.
At the time, investigators said that upper torso was believed to match a pelvis and set of legs found on Oct. 26 at the Carson plant, the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, one of the largest wastewater plants in the world.
All of the body parts were believed to belong to the same body, which was likely pulled apart in the wastewater system, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Rosson.
The body was likely dumped through a manhole into the “closed” county sewer system, Rosson said.
Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.