Woman Stabbed to Death Is Identified

Homicide detectives are trying to determine a motive in the killing.

Homicide detectives have identified the woman who was found stabbed to death in an alley near the intersection of Van Nuys and Victory boulevards early Tuesday morning.

The victim, 32-year-old Ana Beltran of Los Angeles, was identified by her sister who contacted police when Beltran did not return home.

LAPD detectives say they trying to determine the motive in the killing. Friends and relatives of the woman are being questioned.

"She went out for the evening to have dinner and drinks. We're still not sure why she was killed. It might have been a sexual thing, or perhaps an argument, or a robbery," said Detective Rob Bubb, of the LAPD's Van Nuys Division.

Beltran's body was found at about 3 a.m. by a pedestrian who was walking by the alley near the intersection's southwest corner.

Police say Beltran was in immigrant from El Salvador who worked as a domestic in Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys.

Anyone with information about the victim or the homicide was asked to call Van Nuys detectives at 818-374-0040.

notmyfault September 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Pat, The knife is the weapon, a motive is the reason why the killer had to kill her.
Pat September 22, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I know that the person who stabbed this lady had a reason to do so, but we don't know what it is yet. That's for the homicide detectives to discover. And that's what I meant by saying that the motive remains to be seen.
encino.man September 24, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Her Soldier September 24, 2011 at 04:49 PM
immigrant my buttocks
encino.man September 24, 2011 at 04:59 PM
How about this for a motive, Pat. HE WAS P_ _ _ED of at here. Ya think.


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