LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities have taken the unusual step of creating a Facebook page in an effort to identify a woman whose body was found in the trash at a Los Angeles recycling center.

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A $50,000 reward was announced Thursday for information that could lead to the woman’s identity and the circumstances of her death.

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The decomposed body was on Sept. 10 last year at a recycling facility at 1000 N. Main St. Police say it appears that she was dumped into a trash bin somewhere in the city.

Authorities say the woman was white or Hispanic and was 40 to 70 years old. She had a recent dental crown and wore a silver ring set with a blue stone and two cubic zirconias.

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The county coroner’s office said she was killed but her body was too decomposed to determine the method.

Detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department came up with the idea of creating the Facebook page, titled “The Body Recycler,” which includes a sketch of the woman and a collection of photos of the silver ring she wore.

“I’ve only heard of family doing that for the missing,” Assistant Coroner Ed Winter said, “but not to try to identify a Doe.”

Anyone who recognizes the woman or has information about her can contact Detective Thayer Lake at (213) 972-1254 or Detective John Thacker at (213) 972-254.

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