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Woman Whose Body Ended Up At Recycling Plant Was Homeless Woman From Leimert Park

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A woman's body who was found on a conveyor belt at a City of Industry recycling plant has been identified.

Athens Services workers had found the body of Kesha Rena Williams, 45, on Tuesday around 8:48 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times. She was a homeless woman who had been estranged from her family for some time. Police said they were able to track down was where the load of trash containing her body was originally from at the Leimert Park area, a place she was known to frequent.

Earlier reports had mistakenly identified her body as a man's. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department investigating and do not know if it was related to a homicide, reported the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Her autopsy report is pending.

Williams' body is the third one discovered at the recycling plant over the past year. Over the summer on July 12, a worker found 42-year-old Mark Christopher David's body there. His death was ruled as an accident after the L.A. County Coroner found he had died of meth toxicity. Also, a dead newborn baby was discovered on Dec. 12, 2012; the investigation is still pending.