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Body Of 19-Year-Old Woman Found In Cooler In Abandoned Car

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A woman whose body was discovered in abandoned car has been identified as 19-year-old Dawn McEveety. Dawn McEveety, 19, of Huntington Beach was found dead on Sunday just after 1 p.m. in a red, 1991 Toyota Celica found abandoned in the 8600 block of Bradwell Avenue in unincorporated Whittier, according to a statement from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies were responding to a report of an abandoned car. As they approached, they began to smell a foul odor, Whittier Daily News reports. Police discovered McEveety's body in the early stages of decomposition, "entombed" in a cooler in the rear cargo area of the car. The car was confirmed stolen by the Sheriff's Department, according to KTLA.

McEveety was not reported missing prior to the discovery of her body.

McEveety pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and buying or receiving a stolen car or equipment on September 29 after she was arrested on September 16. She was released on November 10. In 2014, McEveety pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Anyone with information should contact the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-980-5500.