LANCASTER – A woman’s body was found Monday night near the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Lancaster, but the death does not appear to be suspicious, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.
The body was discovered near the 20th Street West offramp and was reported to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at about 10:35 p.m. Monday, March 28, according to sheriff’s Lt. Justin Diaz.
“The body was found in the bushes around that area,” Diaz said. “It appears the woman was a transient. And right now, it doesn’t appear her death involved either foul play or a crime.”
Diaz said his station was notified about the body by the California Highway Patrol.
The woman’s cause of death will be determined by an autopsy, according to the sheriff’s department.
Her name is being withheld pending notification of kin.
UPDATED 4-11-16: As of Monday, April 11, the woman’s name was still being withheld pending next of kin notification, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. She was listed as a Caucasian female in her 40s and the autopsy was still in progress, Winter said, adding that the woman’s cause of death was “deferred pending additional tests.” We will continue to follow this story.
UPDATED 8-10-16: The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Jeanette Francine Luce of Lancaster, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Luce was believed to be a transient, Winter said. As of Aug. 10, 2016, Luce’s cause of death was still listed as “deferred pending additional tests,” Winter said, adding that the toxicology test results had not yet come back. We will continue to follow this story.