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$50,000 reward for "Body Recycler"

Lt. Paul Vernon announced a reward for information on a dead woman found at a recycling center

A $50,000 reward was announced on Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of woman whose remains were found at a recycling center in September.

The LA City Council and Councilman Ed Reyes sponsored the award in hopes of raising publicity about the case. Lt. Paul Vernon said that by identifying the woman first, the investigation could lead to more information about the death itself and a possible suspect.

Detectives have created a Facebook page named “The Body Recycler” where people can post any information they might have. 

"No one deserves to be put out with the trash like this,” Vernon said. “We have no doubt that by identifying her that we’ll be able to identify the person responsible in dumping her body in such a disrespectful way.”

Jane Doe #52 was found dead at a recycling center in downtown Los Angeles Sept. 10. A composite sketch of the woman and a photo of a ring she was wearing were shown at the news conference. The unidentified woman has been described as between the ages of 50 and 70 years old, Caucasian and possibly Hispanic or Native American, and 5’5” tall.

Vernon emphasized the possibility of identifying her through the ring because she might have worn it for a long time.

Investigators have declared the case a homicide, but the exact cause and time of death have not yet been identified.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Thayer Lake at (213) 972-1254.

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