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Homeless woman dies at Parnell Park

WHITTIER – A homeless woman was found dead at Parnell Park on New Year’s Day.

Police said they do not suspect foul play. The woman was identified as 23-year-old Corinna Megan Ortega.

L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said her staff is researching whether her death was preventable.

“As our coroner is working to determine how Corinna died, my office is working to determine whether anything could have been done to prevent her death and connect her with the help she needed,” Hahn said. I am working with PATH, the local service provider that had been in contact with her during her time at the Parnell Park encampment, to get a better sense of the challenges she faced.

“I will be convening a meeting of our local homeless services providers as well as the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team to discuss strategies for how we can better serve the individuals trying to survive in the Parnell Park encampment and how we can prevent another death like Corinna’s.”

Whittier residents have pushed for the city to dismantle the encampment at Parnell Park but officials said their options are limited due to a federal court ruling.

Meanwhile, another homeless death was reported last week.

Councilman Henry Bouchot said he was told that a homeless veteran died behind a Whittier gas station on Christmas Day.

The man was identified on social media as longtime Whittier resident Richard Moreno.

No details were available as to his cause of death.

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