Vigil Held for Mother Whose Body was Found Near Off-Ramp

Family and friends mourn the loss of Bree-Anna Guzman, whose body was found two years ago

By Jason Kandel
|  Friday, Dec 27, 2013  |  Updated 1:44 AM PDT
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Body Found in Silver Lake Identified

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 for Bree-Anna Guzman, whose body was found dumped off a Los Angeles area freeway in 2011 in an unsolved murder case.

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Victim Remembered in Candlelight Vigil

Friends and loved ones held a candlelight vigil to remember a 22-year-old woman who went missing last month. What's believed to be her body was found this past week in the Silver Lake area.

Body Found in Silver Lake Identified

Caltrans workers discovered the body near a freeway on-ramp Thursday morning. Family members later identified the victim as 22-year-old Bree-Anna Guzman.
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A candlelight vigil was held Thursday for a 22-year-old mother whose body was found near a freeway off-ramp a month after she went missing two years ago.

Bree'Anna Guzman's body was found by a Caltrans crew on Jan. 26, 2012 near the Riverside Drive on-ramp to the southbound Glendale Freeway in Silver Lake. The vigil was held in the same area her body was found.

"I believe that at some point...this is where she took her last breathe or her spirit passed to the other place," her mother Darlene Guzman Duran said. "And I might feel her (here). It's important for me to feel that little gift from her."

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Guzman was last seen Dec. 26, 2011 when she made a trip to buy cough drops at a Lincoln Heights Rite Aid.

Police have said that someone might have killed her somewhere else and tossed her body off the side of the freeway.

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Rewards of $100,000 were offered for information leading to the person who killed her.

"Know that I'm hurting, that (my daughter's) children are hurting, her friends and family are hurting," Duran said. "Right now I’m asking for closure. Some information that will lead to an arrest and a conviction, that will give me the closure that I request."


Detectives were probing possible links between Guzman’s death and that of Michelle Lozano, 17, whose body was found on the side of a freeway on April 25, 2011.

A homeless man spotted the body and contacted police.

The body, which was covered in plastic, appeared to have been dumped, police said.

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