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Janet Hays, 54 [Updated]

Janet Hays, a 54-year-old white woman, died Sunday, Feb. 20, in the 200 block of West Badillo Street in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Authorities received a call regarding a possible suicide at a convalescent home about 11:30 p.m., said Covina Police Sgt. Gregg Peterson.

Paramedics arrived and Hays was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary coroner's records note strangulation as a mode of death. As of Wednesday, a cause of death had been deferred pending additional tests. A final determination will not be available for at least six to eight weeks, officials said.

Sgt. Peterson said Hays had been at the medical facility since Jan. 5 recovering from a broken hip. She had jumped in front of a bus 11 days earlier.

Officials said the investigation remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about the death of Janet Hays is asked to contact Det. Dan Regan at (626) 384-5621. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

[Update Jan. 12, 2012: The coroner's office said Hays did not commit suicide, but was killed. She died from asphyxia by neck compression and her death was ruled a homicide.]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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