A conclusive identification of the deceased woman who was found inside of a vehicle Sunday evening in Washington Court House cannot be made until dental records are accessed, according to Fayette County Coroner Dr. Dennis Mesker.
“She is still unidentified due to the changes that occurred to the body when it was inside of the car for at least 48 hours,” Mesker said on Monday. “We have our suspicions as to the identity, but it will require dental records to make the official identification.”
The cause of death is also unknown until the results of the autopsy come back. There were no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma, authorities said.
According to the Washington C.H. Police, a resident of a nearby home discovered the body at around 6 p.m. inside of 2006 Kia in the 1100 block of East Temple Street. She was found lying in the backseat of the vehicle with some of her personal effects, including a purse and car keys.
The body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner for an autopsy.
“Perhaps she was in the vehicle longer than 48 hours,” said Mesker. “Inside of a vehicle during the summer, it can be up to 130 to 140 degrees. It causes rapid changes to the skin.”
The woman’s identification should be made this week, however, the results of the autopsy will not be available for another six to eight weeks.