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Dead Woman was Dry Iced for 'Religious Reasons'

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What killed a 33-year-old woman discovered packed in dry ice in the Newport Beach hotel room of a cocaine dealer this past weekend? "Everything that happened was for religious reasons," Stephen David Royds told The Orange County Register on Sunday reports the AP.

Detectives found the body of Monique Felicia Trepp, 33, fully clothed and "well preserved" inside a large Rubbermaid container late Thursday after arresting a guest at the Fairmont Newport Beach for investigation of selling and possessing cocaine, police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. An autopsy was inconclusive but the death did not appear to be a homicide, and authorities were awaiting a toxicology report.

Along with Trepp's body, police found porch swings, toy night-vision goggles and large sake bottles with lamp sockets stuffed into their spouts in Royds' room.

Trepps was arrested in 2005 when her bail was paid by an "older man," an attorney for her told the press. She disappeared until this weekend when she founds in hotel room. Warrants were still out for her arrest.

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