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Dead woman found in burned Pasadena garage is identified

August 11, 2011 |  1:30 pm



Officials have identified the body of a woman whose charred remains were found inside a Pasadena garage two days after a fire ravaged the building.

Yolanda Marie Sapetto, 43, was discovered Aug. 2 inside a converted garage behind a home on South San Marino Avenue near Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Craig Harvey said.

An investigator with an insurance company found the body. It was not clear why firefighters missed Sapetto when responding to the early morning blaze on July 31.

Sapetto’s body remained unidentified for more than a week. She was eventually identified through recovered fingerprints.

An autopsy was performed, Harvey said, but the cause of death is undetermined pending additional test results.

Sapetto appeared to have been homeless. Her body was found in the garage’s laundry room, which suffered the brunt of the fire damage, Harvey said.


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Photo: A body is removed from a Pasadena home by members of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times