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Body Found in Moreno Valley is that of Norma Lopez

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Authorities in Riverside County have confirmed that the human remains found 2.5 miles from Valley View High School in Moreno Valley are that of missing teen Norma Lopez.

The 17-year-old went missing last Thursday after her summer school classes. A decomposing body was located in a rural area nearby, and an autopsy conducted this morning confirmed it was that of Lopez, announced an official from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department during a press conference. The family was the first to be notified, and have asked for privacy as they mourn the loss of Norma.

Early investigation revealed personal effects belonging to Lopez near where she disappeared, and the FBI has been to the scene to collect evidence, reports KTLA. The case has now been changed from that of an abducted person to that of a homicide. "We will continue to follow every lead that we have," pledged the Sheriff's Department.