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Cristian Alvarez, 28 [Update]

 Cristian Alvarez, identified by the coroner’s office as a 28-year-old white woman, was found dead Monday, Jan. 2, in the 700 block of East L Street in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, incorrectly listed the victim as being 25 years old.]

Alvarez was discovered with a slash wound to the neck, coroner's officials said.

Authorities were called and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner's office did not provide any other information about the case.

The Times has contacted investigators to obtain additional details about the killing and will post an update as soon as possible.

[Updated Jan. 9: LAPD Robbery Homicide Det. S. Eguchi, who is handling the case, said that Alvarez was discovered around 5:30 p.m. that day.

“A citizen was walking by and noticed something on the other side of the fence,” he said. The victim was lying in an open area, which Eguchi described as a roughly 50-by-25 yard wooded area with shrubs and trees. It was a private property, he said, that maybe belonged to a railroad company.

According to coroner’s records, Alvarez suffered a slash wound to her neck that resulted in near decapitation.

No arrests have been made in connection with the killing. Officials did not provide additional information about the case.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact Dets. Eguchi or G. Garcia at (213) 486-6890. Tipsters who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800) 222-8477.]

[Correction: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, incorrectly said the victim's name was Cristin.]

— Rosanna Xia

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