A man keeps a woman packed in dry ice for about a year, according to police.
Mind you, he wasn’t responsible for her death; the woman died of a drug overdose. But this man, Stephen Royds, kept the body of former Huntington Beach resident Monique Felicia Trepp in dry ice in a 2-by-3-foot plastic bin in a room at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel, police say.
Shouldn’t there be a law against that?
Well, there is. It’s a misdemeanor offense to fail to report a death.
Which begs the question: Shouldn’t the law be more punitive?
We think so.
In the case of Royds, 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.