Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Mummified Corpse Left in Car Identified

LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Authorities in Costa Mesa say that medical examiners have been able to determine the identity of a female corpse that has spent the last several months in the passenger seat of another woman's vehicle, according to MyFox LA. The Orange County coroner's office hydrated the fingertips on the mummified, withered body in order to obtain fingerprints. The deceased, a homeless woman, apparently befriended the car's driver, who allowed her to spend the night in the car, however "when she died overnight the car's driver was too afraid to go to police." The authorities are locating the deceased's next of kin before releasing her name.