California man charged with murder after 9-year-old girl found in duffel bag

Information regarding a second person of interest was being withheld pending further investigation, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

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By Janelle Griffith

A man has been charged with murder in the case of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag near a Los Angeles-area hiking trail, authorities said.

Emiel Lamar Hunt was arrested in connection with the murder of Trinity Love Jones.Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Emiel Lamar Hunt, 38, who police believe is the boyfriend of Trinity's mother, was charged Tuesday with one count of murder, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.

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Hunt is set to be arraigned. His bail is set at $2 million.

Investigators found Hunt on Saturday morning sleeping in his car in a parking lot near San Diego International Airport, the sheriff's office said.

Trinity's body was found in a rolling black duffel bag March 5 by maintenance workers near an equestrian and hiking trail in Hacienda Heights, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Trinity Love Jones.Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled her death a homicide, but the sheriff's department said it was withholding the exact cause.

The child's name was released by the sheriff's office Sunday and investigators said two persons of interest had been detained.

Information regarding the second person of interest was being withheld pending further investigation, the office said Tuesday.