An autopsy conducted Monday on the body discovered off Cannon Road did not confirm a cause of death, although investigators now believe the unidentified female victim was “possibly” between ages 20 and 35 and “possibly” Asian or Hispanic, according to the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses found the body Friday off Cannon Road near Aromas, but authorities could not initially confirm details about the victim. In a statement to the media, the sheriff’s office said it still needs more evidence processed in order to determine a cause of death and identity.
Although there remains little confirmed about the victim, Sgt. Tony Lamonica with the sheriff’s office did verify that it was not the body of Sierra LaMar, the 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl missing since March.
He also said investigators remain unsure whether foul play was involved and that it appears as though the person, when discovered, had been deceased for a couple days.
The sheriff’s office, which acts as the county coroner in San Benito County, noted the description that included the estimated age and possible ethnic background, along with other traits such as dark hair and dark-colored eyes.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at (831) 636-4080 or the tip line at 636-4084.