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Reward Offered For Tips On Killing Of Transient

From Staff And Wire Reports

Secret Witness on Friday offered a $2,000 reward for information that solves the killing of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found in east Spokane earlier this week.

A man collecting aluminum cans discovered the body of Heather Hernandez in an overgrown lot Tuesday. She had been shot, detectives said.

Hernandez, a transient, came to Spokane about a month ago, possibly from California, Idaho or Arizona, police said. She lived on the streets and was twice arrested for prostitution.

Detectives said she likely was shot in a parking lot in the 1800 block of East Springfield, then dragged into some brush and hidden.

Investigators have few other clues in her death, the sixth slaying in the city this year.

Anyone with information about her death, or about people Hernandez might have been with in the weeks before her death, should call Secret Witness at 327-5111. Callers can remain anonymous.

Also Friday, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department reported that a woman found dead near the intersection of Forker and Judkins roads Tuesday evening also died of a gunshot wound.

Detectives, who are investigating the case as a homicide, withheld her name pending notification of next of kin.

Deputies said there don’t appear to be connections between their case and the Hernandez killing.

, DataTimes MEMO: The body found on Peone Prairie near Forker and Judkins roads was identified as Jennifer A. Joseph.

The body found on Peone Prairie near Forker and Judkins roads was identified as Jennifer A. Joseph.

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