SPOKANE, Wash. -- Authorities asked for the public’s help Friday in a homicide investigation involving a woman whose body was found in the Spokane River in January.
After a lengthy investigation by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office detectives, the victim was identified as 58-year-old Maria Guadalupe Vega.
Investigators said Vega’s body was found caught in a tree in the river near Empire and Butler on January 10.
According to detectives, Vega was believed to have lived at an address in Tijuana, Mexico. Vega crossed into the United States at San Ysidro, California on September 24th, 2013, police said. People she was with told people she was going to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Vega never made it. Investigators said they were not certain who Vega may have been with at the time.
The Mexican Consulate was informed of the investigation and has been attempting to locate Vega’s next of kin, according to SPD.
Detectives asked for information Friday from anyone who knew Vega or saw her before January 10. People with information were asked to contact Detective Justin Elliott at 509-477-3786.