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Cops: Could Take Months To ID Mummified Body

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Authorities say it could take months to identify a homeless woman whose mummified body was driven around in the passenger seat of a Southern California woman's car for months.

Costa Mesa police Sgt. Ed Everett said Friday that medical examiners are trying to hydrate the corpse's fingers to get fingerprints that could identify her. Everett told The Orange County Register an autopsy showed no foul play but the driver may have violated health codes by knowingly transporting a corpse.

The car's driver told police she met a homeless woman in a park and told her she could sleep in her car. Everett says when the woman died in her car 10 months ago, she was afraid to go to police.

Police discovered the body Monday when they received a report about an illegally parked vehicle.

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