One of two decomposing bodies found inside a Hacienda Heights home last week was identified Wednesday by a coroner’s official, who said the victim had died from sharp force injuries to her neck.
Deputies found the bodies of a man and a woman while conducting a welfare check at a home in the 16600 block of Carriage Place on Oct. 7.
The victims were found in separate rooms, both in advance stages of decomposition, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release issued at the time of the discovery.
The woman was identified as 84-year-old June Collins, Lt. Smith with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed Wednesday.
Collins’ cause of death was determined to be sharp force injuries to her neck, Smith said.
Officials have not released the name of the second person found in the home, but investigators believed both victims were assaulted.
During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that Collins’ car was missing.
The 2001 Toyota Camry was located the next day in the 12100 block of Magnolia Street in El Monte.
Collins lived with her adult son, who was in custody and not home at the time of the incident, the Sheriff’s Department stated.