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Who Was the Woman Whose Corpse Rode in Friend's Front Seat for Nearly a Year?

Signe Margit (via Costa Mesa PD)
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In December 2009, Signe Margit met a woman at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley. Margit, a homeless woman who spent time at the park, was given permission by the woman, a Costa Mesa real estate agent, to sleep in the woman's car--a sedan that belonged to her father, explains the LA Times. Around that time, Margit's family reported the 59-year-old missing.However some time later, Margit passed away, but the woman chose not to report the death. Rather, she drove around with the decomposing, and ultimately mummified, corpse in her passenger seat for ten months.

Following the police's discovery of Margit's body, investigators have worked to piece together not only the bizarre circumstances of the case, but also Margit's past.

"Family members told detectives that Margit held two master's degrees," notes the Times. "In 2001, she was issued a pre-intern teaching certificate for cross-cultural, language and academic development emphasis in California, according to records."