Sources within local law enforcement tell FOX40 News the body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was recovered from inside a piece of luggage pulled from a drained irrigation ditch north of Tracy.
Cantu had been missing since Friday, March 27. when she disappeared while returning home from a friend's house at the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park.
Authorities have not made any arrests in the case, although their investigation has focused on several persons of interest.
Investigators said they were able to identify Cantu's body based on the
clothing she was last seen wearing.
Farmworkers found a black, sealed case Monday while they were draining a pond near Bacchetti Road, about two miles from Orchard Estates.
Police said it was a black piece of luggage of significant size with both hard and soft sides. Officials in white suits removed the luggage from the pond shortly after 5 p.m. It was loaded into a van and driven to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office in French Camp. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday morning.
April 6, 2009
Tracy girl's body found in recovered luggage
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