A 20-year-old woman who had been reported missing shortly after midnight Friday was found dead inside her car, submerged in the Los Cerritos Channel, police said today.
Police located a green 2001 Honda Civic sometime Saturday night, under water in the Los Cerritos Channel at the eastern end of Fifth Street, east of Silvera Street. Inside the car was the body of Ashlee Armond, according to a news statement from the Long Beach Police Department.
Police said had driven east on Fifth Street when she failed to stop at the end of the roadway and drove into the channel. Based on their investigation, detectives believe the crash was accidental, according to the news statement.
The Long Beach Police Dive team responded to the scene to recover the vehicle from the channel.
Armond had left a residence at Seventh Street and Margo Avenue, heading toward Palo Verde Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard, but never arrived, according to Long Beach police.
Internet photos show that the street ends at a cul de sac, with a small strip of grass and a bikeway separating the dead end from the rocks embankment of the flood control channel.
Long Beach police detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the crash to call them at (562) 570-7132.