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Body Of Missing Woman Found Near L.A. River Flood Control Basin

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Police have identified the body of a woman discovered near the L.A. River in Long Beach as a missing Signal Hill woman.

On Monday at about 10:35 a.m., officers responded to reports of a suspicious car in a flood control basin near the L.A. River in the 1000 block of W. Carson Street, according to a release from the Long Beach Police Department.

When the owner of that car could not be found, police switched tactics to handle the incident as a critical missing person case, City News Service reports. They later returned to search the area again, leading them to discover the body of the car's owner, 29-year-old Samantha Lang, early Tuesday morning at about 1:30 a.m. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for later today.

Neighbors told KTLA that Lang had just installed a security camera in her apartment a week before her disappearance. Neighbors also said that they had seen one of her ex-boyfriends sleeping in an alley near her house the day before her body was found. At one point, he was seen sobbing. Neighbor Cat Ragus said that although she had overheard Lang get into arguments with boyfriends before, they were fairly ordinary and "nothing super violent."

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Earlier this week, police discovered two bodies near the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, near the shoreline. One was a man who appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, while the other was a woman found inside an SUV who appeared to have died of natural causes. Police do not believe those two cases are related to one another.

Anyone with information regarding Lang's death should call Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch, Michael Hubbard or Ben Vargas at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be made via can Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.