Costa Mesa — A mummified body found in a car in Costa Mesa is likely that of a Fountain Valley transient who may have been dead for up to 10 months, police said Wednesday.
The female body was found Monday evening inside a parked sedan on Tustin Avenue.
The corpse was in the front passenger seat, somewhat covered by jackets and other clothing, investigators said.
Police found the body after a parking enforcement attendant received a call about a car blocking a driveway on the residential street. When the attendant approached the sedan, they saw part of the deceased woman's leg from underneath the clothes.
At first, police and coroner's officials couldn't tell if the body was male or female or how old the person was when he or she died.