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* Hispanic adult female identified as women found dead in garbage bag and dumped into the bushes of a Sunnyvale home

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UPDATE Click Here June 7, 2011 Maria Orozco identified as body found in garbage bag in Sunnyvale on Ticonderoga Drive

Preliminary results from an autopsy of a body found stuffed into a garbage bag and dumped into the bushes of a Sunnyvale home on Sunday morning reveal the body was that of a Hispanic adult female, a Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety captain said. Capt. Dave Verbrugge said further details identifying the Hispanic adult woman were not available, as the autopsy was still underway.

Once dental records, DNA or any other type of identification are found, officers can start piecing together who this woman was and how she ended up in the 800 block of Ticonderoga Drive in a loosely cinched large garbage bag, he said. Hayward police, who are investigating the disappearance of 26-year-old Samuel Merritt University nursing student Michelle Le — last seen in Hayward on May 27 — spoke with Sunnyvale officials today to see if the body had been identified as an Asian female.

Since results have identified the body as a Hispanic adult female, Hayward police determined the body was not connected to the Le case, Verbrugge said. The Santa Clara County Crime Lab and the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office took custody of the body after someone reported the bag at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, Verbrugge added. More details are expected to be disclosed when the medical examiner’s office completes its autopsy of the body, according to Verbrugge.Anyone with details about the body is asked to call the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at (408) 730-7110.

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