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LAPD Offers $50K Reward for Information About Murders of Two Lincoln Heights Women
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help solving the murders of two Lincoln Heights women whose bodies were dumped on the sides of two freeways about nine months apart—though the department continues to insist the cases are not connected.
Michelle Lozano, 17, was discovered dumped on the side of the 5 freeway last April. Bree'anna Guzman, 22, was discovered near the on-ramp of the 2 freeway last week (and a press release from councilman Ed Reyes' office says that the coroner confirmed her identity). Now the LAPD is saying that it is offering two $50,000 rewards for any information that leads to the arrests of the suspects who murdered the young women, according to a release from Reyes' office.
"I appeal to the community to help get those involved in these murders behind bars," said Reyes, in a statement.
The LAPD is emphatic that despite community worries about the cases' similarities, there is no connection between the women's murders. The LAPD released this statement today:
Robbery-Homicide Division and Hollenbeck Area homicide detectives continue to meet and compare details relative to their respective cases. At this time, Robbery-Homicide Division does not believe the two cases are related.
The LAPD said it is also trying to tamp down rumors that there are men in a white van trying to kidnap women off the streets of Lincoln Heights. It says that it has not been able to corroborate any of these reports.Anyone with information on either murder is urged to call the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division at (213) 486-6890, or 877-LAPD-247.