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A 17-year-old woman who’s physique was discovered earlier this yr in La Mesa has been recognized, and police are asking for info from the general public in regards to the circumstances resulting in the dying.

The teenager has been recognized as Cassidy Hopwood of El Cajon, La Mesa police mentioned.

La Mesa police Lt. Katy Lynch has mentioned the woman’s dying was fentanyl-related, and no foul play was suspected.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Workplace had been working the case since March 13 when the physique was found behind a enterprise on El Cajon Boulevard close to Baltimore Drive. The physique had no identification on it when it was discovered.

Police discovered later that the woman had been reported lacking to the El Cajon Police Division. Lynch mentioned in a information launch that investigators hung out with the woman’s household final week, and discovered new info they mentioned “might help us in figuring out the circumstances main as much as her dying.”

The information launch didn’t disclose the knowledge police had been referring to, however mentioned the division is asking for the general public’s help because the investigation continues.

“The La Mesa Police Division stays devoted to searching for solutions for Cassidy, her household, and her associates,” police mentioned in a press release.

Anybody with details about the dying was requested to name the La Mesa Police Division at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477.

In line with county officers, a minimum of 812 folks died of fentanyl overdoses in 2021, and one other 825 folks died of the drug within the first six months of this yr.

In August, the U.S. Division of Justice reported that extra lethal fentanyl is being seized by border officers in San Diego and Imperial counties than at any of the nation’s 300-plus ports of entry, calling the the realm “an epicenter for fentanyl trafficking into america.”

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