Long Beach Police Discover Woman’s Body in Flood Control Basin Near L.A. River

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Long Beach officers are investigating on Tuesday after finding the body of a deceased woman in a flood basin near the Los Angeles River, according to authorities.

Officers arrived on the scene in the 1000 block of West Carson Street around 10:35 a.m. on Monday after receiving calls of a suspicious vehicle in the area.

The registered owner of the car could not be located and the investigation became a critical missing person case, police said in a press release.  After conducting a thorough search of the area police discovered the body of Samantha Lang around 1:30 a.m. the next morning.

"It's pretty awful you don't think it's going to happen to anyone that you live near and know," said Cat Ragus, Lang's neighbor.

Several neighbors told KTLA that Lang installed a security camera the week before she was discovered. Witnesses also said they saw an ex-boyfriend sleeping in an alleyway near her apartment on Monday and crying hysterically.

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

Authorities do not yet know the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch, Michael Hubbard or Ben Vargas at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tipsters can Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. 

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