Selamawit Wright says she was told by Los Angeles Police Department detectives that the body was identified as her 17-year-old daughter, Terrey.
The Los Angeles Police Department and the coroner have not officially identified the body. According to the coroner, a security hold has been placed on releasing the victim's name.
According to Wright, authorities first attempted to contact her at her home, but she was not there. She later went to a police station and was shown a picture of her daughter.
The body was found by a passerby around 9:40 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West 94th Street near Broadway, a residential area. Firefighters and police responded and declared the victim dead at the scene.
A Facebook page has been set up in the girl's memory. Wright has planned a candlelight vigil for her daughter near West 94th Street at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (877) LAPD-24-7.
City News Service contributed to this report.