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Police Investigate Connection Between Two Women Whose Bodies Were Dumped Near Freeways

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Police said they are investigating the very thing that has been worrying residents in Lincoln Heights: whether there's any connection between the cases of two women in the neighborhood who mysteriously disappeared before turning up dead on the side of the freeway.

The body of Lincoln Heights resident Bree'anna Guzman, 22, was discovered on the side of the 2 Freeway this week after she went missing exactly a month earlier. Her case reminded many in the community of when Michelle Lozano, 17, went missing before turning up dead on the side of the 5 freeway last April.

Police confirmed with CBS Los Angeles that they are investigating any possible connections between the two cases.

Both women are Latina, they had similar looks and builds, they were around the same age, they lived in the same neighborhood, and they had overlapping social circles. Both of them disappeared when they went on walks and turned up later on the side of the freeway.

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Lozano's case is still unsolved and her mother Eva Ramos told CBS in Spanish, "The not knowing is the worst part." She added: "When I saw what happened to the young lady I remembered what happened to my daughter. I know what her mother is going through."

Her sister Maria Lozano told CBS, "I just hope it's not the same guy who's doing this. But I did think it's a similar case."

The coroner is still completing his investigation, which may take a few more days. Investigators say that they will compare DNA samples from the two women to see if they can find any other links between the cases that might ultimately help them figure out what happened to the women.