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Foul play not ruled out in death of woman found near marina

June 05, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

NILAND — It remains unknown what caused the death of a Guatemalan woman whose body was found Saturday morning in the shallows of the Salton Sea near Red Hill Marina.

Gary Hayes, Imperial County Coroner's Office investigator, said an autopsy is set for Wednesday, adding foul play has not been ruled out.

"We'll know more after the post-mortem examination," Hayes said this morning.

The woman, Reyna Rosales, born in 1969, was returning to the Los Angeles area Friday or Saturday from a daughter's birthday celebration in Guatemala, Hayes said.

The woman also has family in Los Angeles, including her husband and two other children.

According to Hayes, the husband said he spoke Friday with Rosales, who was at a motel in Mexicali.

It's unknown when or how she crossed the border. Investigators do not know for certain whether she crossed the border illegally or legally.

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Rosales' body was reportedly found face-up in about 6 to 8 inches of water in the Red Hill Marina area off Garst Road early Saturday by fishermen.

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

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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