Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives are still working leads in an attempt to make an arrest in the murder of Hughson native Lauren Grace London, 25, whose burned body was found Monday, March 16 in a rural Ceres orchard.
"In a case like this it would be helpful for any witnesses to come forward," said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department spokesman Anthony Bejeran.
Lauren's burned remains were discovered on a dirt road between orchards in the 4300 block of Blaker Road across from the Ceres wastewater treatment plant. A person who was walking through the orchard found the body near a pile of dry branches and called 911 at 2:27 p.m. A burned furniture dolly was found near the body.
Detectives haven't said if the discovery site was where the death took place or if London was killed somewhere else and dumped at the site. Sheriff's Department spokesman deputy Anthony Bejaran would not divulge how London - who would have been 25 on the day of the discovery - had died. But he did say the burning of the body showed "a bit more aggression" than in typical homicides.
She also leaves behind her daughter who turns two years old this month.
Lauren reportedly led a troubled life with drug and alcohol addiction after high school.
Her Facebook postings reflected a dark side to her life. Last May she posted: "Rather be without a home then (sic) to accept getting beat by a man. Wait that's not a man, that's a p---y." On Sept. 2, 2014 she posted this message: "Got a job and renting a room in a cute home. Hardcore dying of a broken heart, I miss my family so much it kills."
Anyone with information on the homicide or any suspects is urged to contact Detective Frank Soria at 525-7080. Persons with tips may leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 or e-mail tips to http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to 274637 and typing "Tip704" plus the message to be eligible for a cash reward.
A Lauren Grace Memorial Fund is seeking to raise $14,000 to pay for funeral expenses and help with her daughter's college fund through gofundme.com. A total of $13,660 had been raised by 212 people in just 18 days.