LA MIRADA ( — An In-N-Out Burger employee found dead outside the La Mirada restaurant where she worked for two decades didn’t die of a gunshot wound, but was fatally beaten, authorities said Wednesday.

Josefina Alcocer was found dead at 4:45 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of the restaurant, at 14341 Firestone Blvd. She was wearing her In-N-Out uniform, according to the sheriff’s department.

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The preliminary investigation reported that the 48-year-old woman had been shot, but an autopsy later determined that was not the case, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. The cause of death was blunt force trauma.

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Alcocer had worked for In-N-Out since 1996 and was one of the original employees at the La Mirada restaurant, the company said in a statement.

No arrests have been reported. Anyone with information about the crime can call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.

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