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Jul 24, 2014 6:42 PM by RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY News

UPDATE: La Habra police investigating death of Lompoc woman

Police in La Habra are asking for the public's help as they investigate the death of a Lompoc woman.

Police said a man walking his dog discovered the body of Emma Posadas-Espinoza, 58, in some bushes along the 900 block of South Idaho Street in La Habra on Monday, July 21st. The man told police his dog had alerted to the same area last Friday, but he did not see the body until the dog again alerted him on Monday.

Many who knew the Lompoc woman are trying to grasp what happened to their friend. "She was a very kind-hearted compassionate woman," said Tiffany Gonzales her friend and coworker at Community Health Centers. "We're just really sad and shocked and speechless as to what has happened to her, it doesn't make any sense at all."

Posadas-Espinosa worked as a licensed clinical social worker for CHC traveling to many of their locations including Nipomo and Santa Maria. Gonzales said she touched the lives of her coworkers and her clients. "She was very loving, she put so much effort and compassion in her work. We just can't understand how such a good person, such a pure soul, why, why did this happen?"

Police said the results of an autopsy were inconclusive and the cause of Posadas-Espinoza's death has not been determined.

Police also said they have been unable to find the car she was believed to be driving, a white four-door 2013 Acura ILX with a license plate of 7EDU040.

Anyone with information is urged to call the La Habra Police Department at (562) 383-4358 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1(800)TIP-OCCS.

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