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Missing Woman Found Dead In Police Employees' Parking Space

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Photo provided to the press by the family of Eileen Orta

For the second time in two months, police and rescue workers overlooked a woman's dead body in a vehicle that was in their possession.

The Pomona Police Department announced today that the body of 22-year-old Eileen Nicole Ponce-Orta was discovered inside of her van on Friday. Police initially summoned the Orta family to remove the illegally parked vehicle before it was impounded. In spite of the fact that a missing person's report with a complete description of the van had been filed three days earlier. According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the vehicle "was illegally parked in a space typically reserved for Pomona police employees."

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Orta's mother, Tracy Ponce, told the LA Times that when the police contacted her regarding the van, they told her that there were no signs of foul play. The family was relieved.