SAN FRANCISCO - A teen girl who was found dead last week along a gritty street in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was identified Tuesday as a 16-year-old Stanislaus County resident.
The city medical examiner’s office identified Victorria Moran-Hidalgo as the young girl whose body was found by authorities around 6:30 a.m. Friday along the 600 block of Minna Street.
Police responded to the scene about a call of a possible overdose and found Moran-Hidalgo unconscious. She was later pronounced dead. Investigators have deemed the death suspicious and are searching for anyone who may have been with the teen.
In a statement on her Facebook page, ,Victorria's mother asked for privacy while her family grieves.
"Family and friends with a heavy heart I am here to let everyone know tragedy has hit my family. My youngest daughter Victorria has passed away unexpectedly," Sylvia Hidalgo wrote. "At this time I have no answers as I am still dealing with investigators and looking for answers myself."
Victorria was reported missing several times in the months before her death, a spokesman from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department told KTVU.
The sheriff's department took a missing person report for her in September 2021 before she was found more than three months later in Kern County, said Sgt. T. Luke Schwartz.
Victorria was later reported missing to Concord police in January of 2022.
The death marks another turn in the city’s ongoing drug crisis that has seen nearly 700 people perish from overdoses for the past two years in a row.
San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney, whose district includes the block where the teen was found, said he spoke to police and fire officials. He said the death appeared to be an overdose.
"This is a young girl who had her whole life in front of her and she should not have been in a position where she was using drugs on our streets," Haney said in an interview with KTVU on Monday.
Evan Sernoffsky is an investigative reporter for KTVU. Email Evan at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @EvanSernoffsky