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Valinda Vukelich, 26

Valinda Vukelich, a 26-year-old white woman, died Sunday, July 2, after a drug overdose in the 17600 block of Bellflower Boulevard in Bellflower, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Vukelich was found unconscious in the parking lot of an abandoned building about 11 p.m., and her death initially was investigated as a homicide. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives were called to the scene because of bruising on Vukelich’s upper torso, Lt. Rodney Moore said. “That might have led to her receiving traumatic injuries,” he said. 

Vukelich was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

The coroner’s office deferred the cause of death while awaiting toxicology tests. Vukelich’s death ultimately was ruled accidental following acute methamphetamine toxicity, according to coroner’s records.

Investigators initially detained a Latina who was a friend of Vukelich’s as a “person of interest” in the woman’s death, Moore said, but the district attorney’s office refused to file murder charges against her for lack of evidence. 

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