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Authorities: No obvious signs of trauma on body believed to be missing Orange County woman


SANTA ANA, California — Authorities say no obvious signs of trauma were found on a body recovered from the Cleveland National Forest that appears to be of a woman missing since February.

Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says an autopsy was completed Wednesday but the cause of death remains unknown.

Authorities are working to confirm that the decomposed body found Monday night in a rugged area a mile from Ortega Highway belongs to Erica Alonso. Hallock says investigators are still processing evidence collected at the scene.

The 27-year-old Laguna Hills woman went missing on Feb. 15. Authorities say she and her boyfriend went to a nightclub on Valentine's Day and then to his home in Irvine but they argued and she left.

Her car was found a mile from her house last month.

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