- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have begun digging in the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles for the remains of a woman who vanished 16 years ago and police believe met with foul play.

Diana Rojas was 27 years old when she was last seen at her Long Beach apartment in October 2000. Her daughter was 2 years old when she disappeared.

Crews are excavating Thursday near Ridgecrest in Kern County.

Police say an anonymous tip earlier this year, followed by satellite imagery and the use of cadaver dogs, have narrowed down an area where she might be buried.

Police don’t have a suspect in the presumed homicide. Although Rojas was going through a divorce, her estranged husband isn’t considered a suspect.

Relatives on Wednesday asked for public help in solving the case.


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