A body that was found inside the wall of an apartment in a Lomita-area public housing complex has been identified as that of a woman who lived in the unit when she went missing in July 2009.
The body was confirmed to be Raven Campbell’s by the coroner’s office Thursday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced.
Campbell had lived in the unit in the 26800 block of Western Avenue — in the Harbor Hills complex — when she vanished six years earlier, the department confirmed.
As soon as her remains were discovered last week, Campbell’s family members said they believed the body was that of their missing relative. They faulted investigators for failing to better examine the apartment where Campbell lived with a roommate at the time of her disappearance.
“We said bring the dogs, bring … everything we saw on ‘CSI.’ We wanted them to do that. They said, ‘No, we don’t find any reason,’” the victim’s cousin, Linda Campbellhumphrey told KTLA last week.
At the time of the July 2 discovery of the body, authorities had not confirmed the remains belonged to the victim, but Campbellhumphrey said, “We — in our heart of hearts — know it’s her.”
Family members held a vigil led by a pastor at the family’s church on Monday at the Harbor Hills complex, saying their relative’s legacy was one of kindness.
“She was such a wonderful spirit,” Renee Campbell said of her sister. “She never was angry. … She was really trusting to a fault.”
At the vigil, Raven Campbell’s mother Joreena Johnson pleaded for anyone who had information on her daughter’s fate to talk to authorities.
“Who did this to her? She didn’t deserve this,” Johnson said, her eyes tearing. “Y’all help me find out what happened to my baby, please.”
About two weeks before the discovery of the body, someone had called the victim’s sister to say the person believed the victim’s body was in a “downstairs apartment in the wall of the closet behind the stairs,” Campbellhumphrey told the Los Angeles Times last week. The family contacted the Sheriff’s Department, and the detective assigned to Campbell’s case went to the apartment, a sheriff’s lieutenant told the Times.
Investigators gained permission from the county to knock down a wall in the apartment after a cadaver dog alerted to the wall, authorities said.
Raven Joy Campbell was 31 when she disappeared, according to a Sheriff’s Department flier issued at the time. The department on Thursday said the remains were “identified as 37-year-old Raven Campbell.”
No further information was released and the investigation was continuing.