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Body Found Thursday Morning Identified As Missing 22-Year-Old Mom

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The body found Thursday near the Riverside Drive on-ramp to the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway in the Silver Lake area Thursday morning has been identified as missing 22-year-old mother Bree' Anna Guzman.

Guzman, a mother of two and a Lincoln Heights resident, went out to a Rite Aid for cough medicine a month ago today but never returned.

Guzman was discovered -- partially clothed -- about 9 a.m., according to police and the coroner's office. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The body was apparently was dumped at the location, said Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith.

LAPD Detective Ian Villanueva said that although the case is being conducted by the department's robbery homicide unit, a final determination of Guzman's cause of death will be made by the coroner's office.

Juan Fernandez, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, spoke with Tim Towney, a spokesman for the Guzman family.

Towney said he had talked to Guzman's mother. Guzman had lived with her mother, her two children, two sisters, in the apartment, he said.

"I just talked to the mother. it was a short conversation. She wanted to gather her thoughts," he said, adding that she appreciated the prayers of those who had been waiting word about her.

Guzman's friend Selena Marie told KCAL9 that "we just want to know why?"

"Why would somebody even want to bother her?" Marie said. "She was not that kind of person. She was somebody's best friend, somebody's mother."

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