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In-N-Out Employee Found Dead In Parking Lot, Died From Blunt Force Trauma, Not Gunshot

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A long-time In-N-Out Burger employee was found unresponsive, in uniform, shot to death, in the parking lot of the La Mirada, Calif., location where she worked.

UPDATED March 2, 9:55 a.m.

The body of the In-N-Out employee found dead in the parking lot at the La Mirada, Calif., location where she worked, died as a result of blunt force trauma, Los Angeles County Coroner began reporting Wednesday. Preliminary reports cited that the employee, Josefina Alcocer, may have died as a result of a gunshot wound to the upper torso. However, after an autopsy, the Los Angeles County coroner reported, that no gunshot wound was found on the victim.

On Friday, Feb. 25, Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies responded to a call at approximately 5:00 a.m., regarding a “person down” in the parking lot of the In-N-Out off Firestone Boulevard, in La Mirada.

Upon arrival, paramedics reported the victim had sustained a single gunshot to the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Whittier Daily News reported Lynsi Snyder, owner and President of In-N-Out, released  a statement which identified the victim as Josefina Alcocer, who worked for the La Mirada location since 1996.

“The entire In-N-Out family grieves today over this senseless tragedy as we send our thoughts and prayers to the Alcocer family,” Snyder told Whittier Daily. “We are devastated and will miss her. So many things going on in the world today. We will remain strong and stand in love for Josefina. God bless and comfort all who are mourning a loved one at this time.”

No arrests have been made, and law enforcement has yet to release a description of any suspects involved, according to reports. The In-N-Out location will remain closed, pending the investigation.

Lt. Steve Jaunt, of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, explained that detectives would continue to search for clues and will review security footage from the surrounding areas.

“That’s the advantage we have nowadays, we rely on cameras all the time. That’s going to be part of our investigation, we just haven’t gotten that far yet,” Jauch told KTLA News. “We’re going to be looking at that.”

By Evan Lancaster

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