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Woman found dead near Fort Bragg identified

One of two people found dead in a minivan near Fort Bragg last week has been identified as Cindy Bao Feng Chen, 38, of San Francisco.

Chen and a male companion were found Thursday by deputies investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle parked off Highway 20, almost 3 miles east of Fort Bragg, Mendocino County Sheriff's authorities said.

The pair suffered head wounds, but authorities did not disclose whether they had been shot.

"They were killed," is all Sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten would reveal Monday about the cause of their deaths.

Authorities have tentatively identified the male victim, but will not release his name until they are sure of the information, Van Patten said.

Chen was found in the driver's seat of the van, which was registered in her name, Van Patten said. The man was in the front passenger seat, the Sheriff's Office reported. The vehicle was not readily visible from the highway.

The two had come to Mendocino County voluntarily, Van Patten said. Their bodies were found on Chen's birthday, he said.

Anyone with information about the double homicide is asked to contact the Sheriff's tip line: (707) 234-2100.


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