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Hiker Finds Woman's Body in Angeles National Forest, ID Pending

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The deceased body of a woman was found by a hiker Thursday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest, however the identification of the woman remains pending.

The hiker discovered the body in the area of East Fork Road at Prairie Fork Road, according to City News Service.

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were sent to the scene to investigate.

Today, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said the woman's name was being withheld, pending positive identification and notification of family, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

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Earlier this month, the vehicle and body of missing Santa Clarita resident Sarah Alarid was found in Angeles National Forest. That same day, hikers found what was described as a shallow grave with chicken bones, burned cloth, and dried human blood, also in the forest, thought to be related to a case of ritualistic sacrifice. On Saturday, a body was found, however there is a security hold placed on the case, and because of the "condition of the remains, age, gender, and identification is unknown at this time, pending the coroner's investigation," authorities said this weekend.

Of note, still missing from her home in the La Crescenta area is 33-year-old mother Megan DiPiazza, however any link between her case and either of the recently-discovered bodies in the Angeles National Forest is entirely speculative.