COSTA MESA — A homeless woman whose mummified remains were found in a car parked illegally in Costa Mesa last week worked in education in Los Angeles and held two master's degrees, according to police interviews with relatives and a review of public records.
Signe Margit, 59, had been on the move in the last decade, living in a dozen cities throughout California, Texas and Washington, records also show.
From Aug. 13, 2001 to Jan. 7, 2002, Margit worked with special education students at Audubon Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
She was issued a pre-intern teaching certificate for cross-cultural, language and academic development emphasis in California. The certificate was valid from August 2001 to September 2002 and was supported by the LAUSD. It allowed her in-class teaching experience with children who had emotional problems and mild-to-moderate learning disabilities.
She returned to the teaching field in Los Angeles years later.