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Autopsy planned on decomposing body found in Cadillac Escalade

June 11, 2012 |  8:45 am

 The decomposing body of a man found in a parked SUV has yet to be identified, but coroner’s officials say that an autopsy on the body is scheduled for Monday morning.

Authorities say that the body found in a Cadillac Escalade probably had been in the vehicle for several days. Coroner’s investigator Dana Bee said that the SUV had been parked in the same spot in the Fairfax District near West Hollywood since Thursday and the body was discovered Saturday.

Bee said that a body placed in a trunk under direct sunlight will accelerate decomposition “like an oven” and could make a body that had been dead for two days look like it had been decomposing for two weeks. Bee reiterated Monday that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

Los Angeles police received reports Saturday of a foul odor coming from a vehicle parked near Willoughby and North Genesee avenues, said Sgt. Frank Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers found decomposing remains in the vehicle. Bee said the body was intact but "badly decomposed."


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