Friday, October 22, 2010

Woman Drove Around With Mummified Body for Months

This is definitely a story to file in the "Wow That's Really Creepy" file.

Just in time for Halloween we have a story of a woman who was riding around with the mummified body of a homeless woman in her car. The driver of the vehicle did not contact authorities about her passenger's death because she was "concerned about telling the police about a dead body" in her car.

The investigation began Monday evening, when officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Tustin Avenue to follow up on a complaint that a 1997 Mercury Marquis was blocking a driveway.

"When they arrived, they attempted to locate the driver of the vehicle and during that investigation, they noted a strong odor being emitted from the vehicle," Beckman said. "Upon further inquiry they saw what appeared to be a foot sticking out from beneath some blankets in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. So they broke the window to get in and found the decedent seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle."

The driver of the vehicle initially denied knowledge of the corpse, but let's face it how could you not know that your passenger was dead? I mean the smell should have clued you in just in case her tendency to be stand-offish when it comes to conversation didn't clue you in.

The woman told police she had allowed a homeless woman whom she had befriended in December to sleep in her vehicle. She said the homeless woman had died for unknown reasons.

Authorities estimate the homeless woman, who is thought to have been between 50 and 60 years old, has been dead for between three and 10 months. Investigators also believe they know who she is, but they are are not releasing any information about her until they complete their investigation and notify the next of kin.

An autopsy that was conducted on the body earlier this week found no obvious signs of foul play, but the cause of death is still unknown.

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