Woman found in Pasadena park is missing outreach worker

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Woman found in Pasadena park is missing outreach worker

Via www.pasadenastarnews.com

A woman discovered dead in a Pasadena park was a Glendale resident working for the nonprofit Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena, authorities confirmed Friday.

Elena Ledford, 49, had been reported missing, Pasadena police said.

A jogger found her body Tuesday morning in the picnic area at Hahamongna Watershed Park at 550 Oak Grove Drive. The coroner’s office has not yet conducted an autopsy but police suspect foul play because she had injuries. Investigators did not provide details.

Detectives are working on leads in the case, Pasadena police Lt. Carolyn Gordon said. No arrest has been made.

“We are incredibly shocked by this,” said Dana Bean, senior director of development & communications for Union Station Homeless Services.

“She was very valued and loved by her teammates. She was a wonderful person,” Bean said.

Ledford had been working at the nonprofit for the past three years, Bean said. She was a lead outreach specialist.Bean said Ledford was a highly effective member of the team that is responsible for going into the community and encampments.Ledford was last seen by Union Station staff on Monday and was supposed to work Tuesday, Bean said.She was a no-show for an online staff meeting on Tuesday. Her family filed a missing person report, according to Bean.The family could not be reached on Friday.

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