Identity sought of woman found floating in marina

June 02, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

NILAND — Fishermen discovered the body of a young woman floating in the water at Salton Sea's Red Hill Marina west of here early Saturday.

The woman was face-up in about 6 to 8 inches of water, said Gary Hayes, Imperial County coroner's office investigator.

With the assistance of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife boat, the woman's body was recovered from its location about 8 feet from the water line, Hayes said.

The woman's identity remained a mystery Saturday evening as officials hadn't received any reports of missing persons in that area, Hayes said. No identification was found with the body.

Riverside County officials hadn't had any reports of missing women fitting the body's description, Hayes said.

The medium-complexioned woman was in her 20s, about five feet tall and 100 pounds.

She was wearing a black halter top, black Guess brand jeans and blue Nike brand slip-on shoes.

Hayes said there were no immediately visible signs of foul play to the decedent. As the investigation continues, however, the case is being treated as a homicide until it's ruled out, Hayes said.


Hayes estimates the woman had been dead for four to six hours before she was found.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for this week.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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