Two arrested after 9-year-old girl's body found in duffel bag on horse riding trail was identified
Trinity Love Jones' body was discovered by county workers on Tuesday at 10 am on the trail in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) arrested two people as persons of interest after the body of a 9-year-old girl found inside a duffel bag on a horse riding trail was identified by her family, according to reports.
Trinity Love Jones' body was discovered by county workers on Tuesday at 10 a.m on the trail in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County. The LASD reportedly ruled the case as a homicide, however, the cause of the death is being withheld.
The child's body was found partially inside a duffel bag and she was wearing pajamas and a top with the message "future princess hero," according to the Daily Mail.
Officials reportedly said that they would not comment on whether there were any items found in the bag along with the body. The sheriff's department on Saturday said that a man identifying as the child's father confirmed that it was the body of his daughter Trinity Love. Reports state that the relatives of the little girl gathered at the site where her body was found to hold a candle light vigil shortly after the confirmation.
"Investigators have detained two persons of interest in this case and they are actively continuing their investigation," Deputy Tracey Koerner of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said in a written statement. "As additional facts are established and verified, investigators anticipate that additional information will be available for release during a press conference later in the week," Koerner added, according to KTLA5.
Family members have identified the young girl found dead inside a duffel bag in #HaciendaHeights last week as 9 year-old Trinity Love Jones. But still no confirmation from authorities. Tonight @KTLA 10pm you’ll hear from the victim’s father & sister about this heinous crime. pic.twitter.com/mAWu1FZ45M— John Fenoglio (@JohnFenoglio) March 11, 2019
The family is scheduled to hold a press conference with LASD on Monday. Trinity's father, identified as Antonio Jones, reportedly said that he found out about his daughter news earlier that day after reports of a body being found in Hacienda Heights became public. The father says a positive match was made using a family member's DNA and that the body found had a chipped tooth like Trinity.
Two people have been “detained” in connection with the death of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones. She was found murdered inside a duffel bag near a hiking trail here in #HaciendaHeights @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/7Vq4IWlvZo— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) March 11, 2019
Jones said that his youngest daughter was "just the best. Full of character, full of life, full of joy."
"Words can't explain what I'm feeling right now,' he said. 'I just want answers. I just want justice," the 9-year-old's father added.