Authorities have identified a woman whose body was found early Sunday on the connector road from the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway to the westbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway in Santa Ana.
The California Highway Patrol received a call at 2:43 a.m. about a woman in the road. A short time later, someone called to report a body in the middle of the road, according to the CHP.
Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, officials said.
She was later identified as Martha Rodezno, 51, of Los Angeles, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department.
Investigators initially believed Rodezno was either hit by a car or thrown from a car. However, a subsequent examination of her body by coroner’s officials indicated that her death was not consistent with injuries incurred when a person is struck by a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed.
Rodezno’s purse was found near her body. Police declined to say whether any of its contents were missing.
“Our victim was at a family function in the city of Mission Viejo” on Saturday night, Bertagna said. “Shortly before midnight, she got upset about something. She left on foot. She was last seen by independent witnesses at Avery [Parkway] and the 5 Freeway.”
Anyone with information was urged to contact the California Highway Patrol.