Woman Found in Boyle Heights Lake Identified

Park visitors were on edge after the gruesome discovery

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    A homicide investigation is underway in Boyle Heights after a woman's body was found floating in Hollenbeck Lake. Hetty Chang reports from Boyle Heights for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Published Thursday, March 27, 2014)

    A homicide investigation was underway Thursday after police found the body of a dead woman floating in a Boyle Heights lake.

    The woman was found after reports of a person suffering cardiac arrest about 10 a.m. in the 2000 block of East Fourth Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    She was identified as a 36-year-old transient who went by the names Lorenza Arellano and Lorenza Scala, coroner officials said. She was found floating face down in the lake wearing only undergarments, police said.

    There were no signs of obvious trauma to her body.

    Park visitors were on edge after the discovery.

    "It's kind of scary," Jeelan Hasan said. "Sometimes I think the park isn't well-lit at night, and it's kind of scary knowing I live right across the street."

    "I've never heard of anything like this in this park," another resident said. "It's pretty gruesome to find out something like that happened."

    Police were expected to comb through missing persons cases in the area as they investigate how the woman ended up in the lake.

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