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Hearing could bring answers in girl's murder

Posted: 8:26 AM, Dec 02, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-02 16:26:36Z
SAN DIEGO – A teen arrested in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Anna Hernandez will appear in Juvenile Court Wednesday. 
 
The teen was arrested Nov. 27 on suspicion of being an accessory in the killing of Hernandez, but San Diego police did not release the suspect’s name, gender or charges.
 
Nineteen-year-old Daniel Flores, a suspect in the killing, remains at large. His whereabouts are unknown. 
 
The badly decomposed body of a young girl later identified as Anna Hernandez was found wrapped in a blanket shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 in a canyon off the 2900 block of Market Street in Grant Hill.
 
The cause of death was not immediately apparent, but an autopsy determined that she died of gunshot wounds to her upper body. 
 
Hernandez went last seen Nov. 13, five days before her body was found. Twelve-year-old Nelly Espinoza, a friend of Hernandez, ran away that same day. Espinoza was found in a Tijuana strip mall on Nov. 27. Espinoza lives in an apartment complex just yards from where Hernandez's body was discovered. Police said investigators were still working to determine if there was a correlation between Hernandez’s murder and Espinoza’s disappearance. It was unclear if the two girls left their respective homes together on Nov. 13.
 
Police are also still searching for 16-year-old Janeth Mendoza, a friend of Hernandez who also ran away. She was last seen Oct. 28. near 3000 Webster St.
   
Mendoza is described as 5-foot-5, 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a Charger bolt tattoo on her neck, as well as a "Bella'' tattoo on her right forearm and a "Perla'' tattoo on her left forearm.
  
Mendoza is believed to be in Mexico.