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Body of homeless woman found in vehicle near Calabasas

September 8, 2012 |  3:53 pm

Deputies found the body of a woman in a car during a training exercise
The body of a homeless woman was found inside an overturned vehicle in a canyon of the Santa Monica Mountains, authorities said Saturday.

On Sept. 2, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue Team was on Mulholland Highway scouting locations for training exercises when a member spotted a white object in a valley about two miles east of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, the department said in a statement.

The team descended and found an overturned sport utility vehicle with the woman in the driver’s seat.

The county coroner’s office and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene. After an investigation, the search and rescue team used a hydraulic winch to hoist the body up the canyon, the department said.

The woman did not have a city of residence and had been living in the car, authorities said.

No other information was given. The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.


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Photo: Authorities investigate the car where the woman's body was found. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.