The burning body of a woman found in a shopping cart; LAPD launches homicide investigation

by: Carlos Saucedo, Ellina Abovian, Tony Kurzweil,

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – An investigation is underway after the body of an unidentified woman was found burning in a shopping cart left in Los Angeles’ Chinatown on Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported just before 5 a.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed. Investigators say a man who works in the area discovered the shopping cart on fire and tried to put out the flames. The man then called 911 after discovering the body.

Authorities have not identified the woman, but noted the death is suspicious.

“We don’t know if it’s related to homelessness. We don’t know if it’s gang related. We are really in the preliminary stages of this investigation,” Lt. Ryan Rabbett said.

It was also unclear if the woman was still alive when the fire broke out or if her body had been burned after her death.

Surveillance video is being reviewed for clues to the incident.

“I think this video, which [there] seems to be a lot in this neighborhood, will tell us a lot more,” Rabbett said.

A possible second crime scene was also being investigated by some nearby train tracks, police said.

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