A 38-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a 9-year-old girl found last week stuffed inside a duffel bag near a hiking trail in Hacienda Heights.
Police say Emiel Hunt, 38, is the boyfriend of the mother of the 9-year-old, identified as Trinity Love Jones. The girl's body was discovered inside a roll-away black duffel bag last week in the area of Hacienda Boulevard and Glenmark Drive, near a Buddhist temple, police said.
"During the early morning hours on Saturday, March 9, 2019, investigators located Emiel Hunt sleeping in his vehicle, which was parked in a lot near San Diego International Airport," the LAPD said in a statement. "He was arrested without incident and booked at Norwalk Sheriff’s Station. Emiel Hunt is reportedly the boyfriend of Trinity's mother, and was recently a Los Angeles County resident."
The 38-year-old was previously convicted in 2005 for child abuse in San Diego and is scheduled to be arraigned later Tuesday afternoon in a Pomona courtroom.
Jones' body was discovered last Tuesday by County Workers clearing away brush adjacent to the equestrian trail. The 9-year-old was found "partially inside a black roll-away duffel bag" with her head and upper body protruding out from the partially zipped bag.
Information about a second person of interest is being withheld while authorities continue their investigation of the case.
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