Homeless Outreach Worker Killed

A woman found dead in a Pasadena park this week has been identified as an outreach worker at homeless encampments, authorities said.

A jogger discovered the body of Elena Ledford, 49, near a parking lot at Hahamongna Watershed Park along Oak Grove Drive shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim had injuries “consistent with an assault,” said Pasadena police Lt. Carolyn Gordon. Detectives have a “very strong lead that they’re following up on,” she added, though she could not provide details.

An investigation is ongoing and police have not revealed a motive. However, Ledford was most recently seen working with homeless clients in a public park.

Ledford leaves behind a daughter and a husband.


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