BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Officials have identified the woman police say was attacked and killed by three dogs in California last week as 36-year-old Crystal Lynn Pearigen.
The woman was found in a Costco parking lot with multiple injuries the morning of June 16.
Police said the attack started in a commercial area parallel to Costco, where several businesses occupy.
As the attack continued, the woman exited the commercial area and crossed into Costco's parking lot through a fence, where she later died, according to to officials. She was found by a bystander shortly after 6 a.m., but officials say the attack appeared to have happened several hours prior to their arrival.
Bakersfield Police Department spokesman Nathan McCauley said one pit bull and one mixed-breed dog escaped from a nearby business before the attack. The third dog was a stray pit bull.
All three dogs were located and will be euthanized, according to officials.
Police are investigating whether the woman was a transient and have not been able to locate family.
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