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Jinmei Chen, 45

Jinmei Chen, a 45-year-old Chinese woman, was found dead Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the 500 block of East Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Chen’s friends had not heard from her in several days, so a person went to her home to check on her, according to a news release from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting the San Gabriel Police Department in the investigation.

The person found Chen’s body in a bedroom and called police. Chen, who lived alone, appeared to have been assaulted and asphyxiated.

Investigators said that there was no sign of forced entry into Chen’s home. She was pronounced dead there at 5:39 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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