Partially-Decomposed Body Found In Car Parked At California Supermarket

| by Jared Keever

Police in the Los Angeles area are still investigating the death of a woman whose partially decomposed body was found in the backseat of a car that had an Uber sticker on it. 

The body was found in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of a Stater Bros. supermarket in West Covina on Tuesday, KTLA News reported. 

Police reportedly found a tan leather purse on the front seat of the gray Volkswagen.

West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez confirmed with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that there was an Uber sticker on the car and that detectives had contacted the company but wasn’t sure if the woman had been a driver for the ride-hailing network or a passenger. 

As of Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office had not positively identified the woman, the office’s spokesman, Ed Winter, said. However, the DMV records reveal that the car belongs to an Orange County woman.

He said the death had been reported as a possible accident or suicide. 

A passerby, who reportedly noticed a foul odor coming from the car, discovered the body and notified police. 

Investigators are now reviewing surveillance video from the parking lot for clues, KCAL News reported. The are unsure how long the car has been parked there.

An unidentified man who spoke with KCAL said the woman in the car was his aunt and said the car was hers. He reportedly said she had just become an Uber driver. 

Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling spoke with City News Service Wednesday. She said that because the death was part of an ongoing investigation all questions should be referred the West Covina Police Department, according to 

Sources: KTLA News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, KCAL News,

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