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* Teen girl was found murdered in Chualar officials are asking for the public’s help to identify the victim

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A teen girl was found murdered in Chualar this morning and Monterey County sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help to identify the victim. The girl was fatally shot and her body was found by a farmer when he was driving through a field near Old Stage and Esperanza roads at around 9:30 a.m., sheriff’s homicide Detective Matt Davis said. She had been dead for about 15 to 24 hours before she was discovered and it was determined that she was killed in the field, he said.

No suspect has been identified and the county coroner’s office is asking for assistance in identifying the girl.”Until we can get her identified, there’s nothing else we can do,” Davis said. The victim was described as a Hispanic girl, between 14 and 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 119 pounds. The girl had long curly black or dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She was found wearing black jean-style leggings, a white long-sleeved shirt, black Airwalk high-top shoes and “I Love Lucy” socks. Anyone with information regarding the girl’s identity or the shooting are urged to call Detective Matt Davis at (831) 901-7767, Detective Kevin Gardepie at (831) 755-3799 or the anonymous 24-hour tip line at (888) 833-4847.

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