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Sisters Sought After Woman Dies From Butt-Injection

Los Angeles police are searching for two sisters accused of running an illegal cosmetics business that led to the death of a 22-year-old woman.

Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said Wednesday that 53-year-old Guadalupe Viveros and her 50-year-old sister, Alejandra Viveros, did not appear for a court hearing Monday as ordered. The pair were arrested June 21 and booked for practicing medicine without a license.

Albanese says one of their customers, Mayra Contreras, died July 24, one day after being injected in the buttocks with silicone by one of the two sisters.

The cause of death has not been determined, according to the Los Angeles Times, but initial reports indicate that “Contreras died from respiratory distress.”

Police say some customers complained that fillers they were injected with hardened, and others developed infections.

Guadalupe Viveros claimed to be a physician in Mexico, but is not allowed to practice medicine in the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.