Rewards Offered in Slayings of Women Found on Freeways

The two cases were not initially connected, but forensic evidence now suggests the same person might be behind both slayings

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    Authorities now believe the slayings of two women whose bodies were found on freeways are connected. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday April 8, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014)

    Rewards for information were announced Tuesday in the slayings of two women whose bodies were found three years ago on Los Angeles freeways.

    The two $50,000 rewards, announced by police and LA city officials, are for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for the deaths of Michelle Lozano and Bree'Anna Guzman.

    Lozano, 17, was kidnapped in Lincoln High School in April 2011. Her body was found the next day on the 5 Freeway near the downtown Los Angeles Cesar Chavez Avenue exit.

    Guzman, 22, was reported missing form the Lincoln Heights area nine months later. Her body was found near the 5 and 2 freeway interchange.

    "We don't have any answers," said Darlene Guzman, the victim's mother. "Your daughter walks out and says, 'I'll be right back,' and doesn't."

    The two crimes were not intially considered connected, but authorities said Tuesday that they believe the same person is responsible for the slayings. Authorities said Tuesday morning that forensic evidence led to the connection.

    Details regarding the evidence were not provided at the mid-day news conference with the family.

    "At this point in time, we're convinced that the same individual or individuals is responsible for both abductions... and their subsequent murders," said LAPD Capt. William Hayes. "My biggest concern is I have no eyewitnesses."

    Investigators do not have a description of the attacker or vehicle information.

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