The victim's friend made the discovery around 5 p.m. in the 2100 hundred block of South Redondo Boulevard. The woman is said to be around 50 years old.
LAPD Wilshire detectives were on the scene. Investigators are now questioning neighbors and asking anyone who saw or heard anything to give them a call.
Police say the woman suffered trauma to the side of her head. The incident was being investigated as homicide. The friend who found her body is not considered a suspect.
It was earlier reported that the person who found the body was a husband, but police say it was a friend.