Mummified Body Found

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - Medical examiners have identified a mummified corpse that was left in a car's passenger seat for 10
months in Southern California.

Detective Sgt. Paul Beckman said Friday that the Orange County coroner's office identified the desiccated body after hydrating the
tips of the fingers to get usable fingerprints. The office will not
release the name until next-of-kin can be notified.

Costa Mesa police say a woman befriended the homeless woman and let her sleep in her car, but when she died overnight the car's
driver was too afraid to go to police.

Authorities are determining whether the driver will face any charges.

Police found the body Monday when they noticed a stench while
responding to a call about an illegally parked vehicle.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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