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Funeral for Lompoc Woman Found Dead in Orange County

They packed a Santa Maria mortuary chapel Friday afternoon to remember the life of Emma Posadas-Espinoza.

“She was close to my heart”, says former co-worker Jennifer Cordero, “she helped a lot of people and she was also such a sweet person, I just want to keep her memory alive and celebrate her life.”

“Just faith in God and just know that she’s in his hands now and God will take care of us”, says family friend Katie Aguilar.

The 58-year-old Posadas-Espinoza was a licensed clinical social worker and mental health counselor in Santa Maria, Nipomo and Lompoc.

She lived in Lompoc where neighbors say she was very well liked on her block.

Friends say she loved just being with her 29-year-old son Gabe.

“Her son is an image of her”, Aguilar says, “I’ll remember her when I see Gabe.”

The partially-clothed body of Emma Posadas-Espinoza was found in bushes behind a carport in La Habra, California in Orange County nearly two weeks ago.

La Habra Police are calling her death suspicious but have revealed few details about the investigation other than the results of an autopsy were inconclusive and failed to show a cause of death.

Detectives have talked to family and friends, but so far, no arrests have been announced in connection with the case.

Family and friends are still struggling with her tragic and mysterious death.

“Very shocked”, Aguilar says, “you don’t ever imagine sombody you know going through this.”

“I just couldn’t believe it, I just couldn’t believe it was Emma”, Cordero says, “she was such a good person who was taken away from us, I don’t feel like I’m going to be at peace unless we find out who did this to her.”

La Habra Police are still looking for Emma Posadas-Espinoza’s car, a 2013, white, four-door Acura ILX with a California license plate of 7EDU040.

If you have any information about the car or the mysterious death of Emma Posadas- Espinoza, call the La Habra Police Department Hot Line at (562) 383-4358 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers Orange County at 1-800-TIP-OCCS.

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