Woman’s burning body found in shopping cart sparks Chinatown homicide investigation

An investigation is underway after the body of an unidentified woman was found burning in a shopping cart left in a Chinatown neighborhood on Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported just before 5 a.m. near the intersection of North Main Street and Wilhardt Street, 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 did not identify the woman, but said her death was 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 she was burned after her death.

Surveillance video is being reviewed for clues to the incident.

“I think this video, which seems to be very present 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.


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Peggy P. Gilmore