Hope she took advantage of the HOV lane

COSTA MESA – A woman drove for months with a dead mummified body in her passenger’s seat before the body was discovered by police, authorities said.

Police are still trying to determine the exact cause and time of death of the unidentified woman, but the body of the woman had withered to roughly 30 pounds by the time it was discovered, authorities said.

Costa Mesa Police officials declined to identified the driver of the midnight-blue 1997 Mercury Marquis, but said she was a 57-year-old former real estate agent who at one time lived in a home in Corona del Mar.

After finding the body inside the four-door vehicle, the woman told investigators she was afraid to report the body to police, and instead decided to continue using the vehicle while the body sat covered in clothes on the passenger’s side.

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