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Stephanie Almanzan, 21 [Updated]

dStephanie Almanzan, a 21-year old white woman, was discovered about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 6 after firefighters extinguished a blaze set inside a trash bin behind a furniture store in the 13100 block of Firestone Boulevard, Whittier police said.

Almanzan’s hands and feet were tied with cord and her body was badly charred, said Officer Jason Zuhlke at the time. Almanzan’s identity was confirmed Saturday through dental records.

Family members had suspected the body belonged to Almanzan. who had two tattoos that matched those on the victim. A public vigil is scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. near the site where her body was found, according to the Whittier Daily News.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 945-8250.

-- Corina Knoll

[Updated, 3:06 p.m. PDT Sept. 10, 2013: No arrests have been made in the case, said Brian White, the community relations officer for the Whittier Police Department. He said in an email that the investigation is ongoing.]

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