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No charges set in iced body case

Man who froze girlfriend won’t be implicated in her death unless new evidence surfaces, prosecutors say.

August 12, 2008|By Daniel Tedford

A man who kept a woman packed in dry ice at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel probably won’t be charged on any counts involving her death, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Stephen Royds reportedly kept the body of former Huntington Beach resident and his girlfriend Monique Felicia Trepp in dry ice in a 2-by-3-foot green plastic bin in the hotel room for about a year, police said. She was 33 when she died.

A recent autopsy report showed that Trepp died from an overdose of cocaine and alcohol, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.

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As a result, prosecutors will pursue only the initial felony narcotics charges originally filed unless new evidence surfaces, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Royds has not been charged with failing to report a dead body, a misdemeanor, prosecutors said.

Royds was living in the hotel room for about two years and discovered Trepp’s body in his room more than a year ago, according to search warrants. He did not report the body to police because he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to search warrants.

Trepp’s body was found when Royds was arrested March 6 on suspicion of selling drugs.

Police also found photographs of blond women, an electric saw and papers on body decomposition, according to search warrants.


DANIEL TEDFORD may be reached at (714) 966-4632 or at daniel.tedford@latimes.com.

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