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Woman With Skull on Stick Leads Cops to Body

Cops spotted her on Sacramento street

(Newser) - It sounds like a Halloween prank, but police in Sacramento, Calif., say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick, the AP reports. Police tell KTXL that... More »

6 Months After Disappearing, Treasure Hunter's Body Found

He is first to die searching for Forrest Fenn's loot

(Newser) - Randy Bilyeu thought he knew where Forrest Fenn's treasure was. But instead of being the first to find the $2 million haul of jewels believed to be buried somewhere in New Mexico, he ended up being its first victim. Police confirmed Tuesday that the remains of the 54-year-old grandfather... More »

Man Collapses, Dies Next to $12M Worth of Pot

Marijuana mystery in Georgia

(Newser) - When police received a report Monday that a man was slumped over next to a white van and tractor-trailer in Norcross, Ga., they were likely more focused on the man than on the van. And it turned out the man, 31-year-old Johnny Taylor of Bridgeport, Conn., was dead, apparently of... More »

Body Found in Search for Boating Family

3 still missing off Florida's Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Coast Guard rescuers fear the worst but have not given up after finding a body in the search for a father and three teenage children who disappeared off the coast of Florida Sunday. The Coast Guard says it found the body, which was wearing a life jacket, after finding debris... More »

Body Wearing 'Cement Shoes' Floats Ashore in NYC

The corpse had a Virgin Mary tattoo

(Newser) - Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied behind his back and his feet encased in concrete, the AP reports. At a news conference Tuesday in Queens, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the body was... More »

Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

No One Knew Body in Coffin Wasn't Grandma— Except Little Kids

Adults thought Val-Jean McDonald's body looked odd but didn't say anything

(Newser) - With eight sons, more than 20 grandkids, and nearly two dozen great- and great-great-grandchildren, it wasn't surprising there were lots of attendees at Val-Jean McDonald's funeral after her death in December at the age of 81, the New York Times reports. What was surprising: Not a single adult... More »

Family: Wrong Woman Was in Casket at Grandma's Viewing

And no one seems to know where Virginia Gray's body went

(Newser) - When Virginia Gray's grandkids went to Horton's Funeral Home last Friday to pay their respects to the DC matriarch, who had died at the age of 83 in mid-February, they were prepared to say their final goodbyes, News4 reports. But although her family recognized the clothing on the... More »

3rd Body Pulled From Raid Rubble Near Paris

And 2nd body has been positively IDed as female cousin of alleged mastermind

(Newser) - A third body has been pulled from the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid north of Paris, the New York Times reports. The body of alleged attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was positively identified Thursday, and forensics experts also confirmed the body of Hasna Aitboulahcen, said to be Abaaoud's cousin,... More »

Funeral Called Off After Body Mix-Up

Chicago family horrified to discover matriarch had already been buried

(Newser) - When Monique Williams and her brother went to a Chicago funeral home Friday to ID her mom's body before her funeral the next day, they thought something was amiss. "[We said], 'That don't look nothing like Mom,'" Williams tells CBS Chicago . For one, the... More »

Body Found in Search for US Trader Missing in London

But body hasn't been formally identified, say police

(Newser) - London police say a body has been found in the search for missing US financial trader Josh Sanchez-Maldonado. The man's family has been informed, though no formal identification has taken place yet, the Evening Standard reports. Sanchez-Maldonado was last seen leaving his hotel in west London's Feltham area... More »

FBI on the Case of Woman Who Fell Off Cruise Ship

The 59-year-old reportedly went overboard while sailing to Bar Harbor, Maine

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says the FBI is investigating after the body of a woman who fell off a cruise ship was pulled from waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The Portland Press Herald reports the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy on the 59-year-old's... More »

Teen Charged After Body of 8-Year-Old Calif. Girl Found

Police believe body found in dumpster is that of Madyson Middleton

(Newser) - The search for an 8-year-old girl who went missing while riding her scooter Sunday afternoon has apparently come to a sad end. The chief of the Santa Cruz Police Department says a body found in a dumpster last night is likely that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, the AP reports.... More »

Body of ESPN Writer's Son Found in Lake Ontario

Fisherman spotted body of RIT student Max Maisel, 21, missing since February

(Newser) - The body found Friday by a local fisherman in Lake Ontario has been identified as that of Max Maisel, the 21-year-old son of ESPN writer Ivan Maisel, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. The RIT student had been missing since Feb. 22; he was last spotted at Charlotte Pier in Rochester,... More »

Ferguson Cops Investigate Man's 'Suspicious' Death

More National Guard troops will arrive today following 61 arrests

(Newser) - St. Louis police are investigating a "suspicious" death in Ferguson, Mo., after police chief Jon Belmar described a riot-like scene overnight . The body of a young black male was discovered this morning in a burned-out white Pontiac parked in a driveway near the spot where Michael Brown was killed,... More »

Woman Surprised to Find Dead Body in Her Trunk

Police say she's not a suspect

(Newser) - A California woman says she has no idea how a dead body wound up in the trunk of her Lexus. The Riverside woman says she'd thought the car smelled funny as she left work yesterday, but she stopped at Walmart thinking nothing of it. When she opened the trunk... More »

Search for Missing Writer Called Off as Body Found

Corpse hasn't yet been positively identified as Karen Sykes

(Newser) - Rescuers have suspended the search for missing outdoors-woman Karen Sykes , after finding the body of a woman on a little-traveled part of Mount Rainier, the AP reports. The body hasn't been concretely identified as Sykes, and the cause of death isn't yet clear; the remains have been taken... More »

Mummified Body Found at Foreclosed Detroit Home

Woman who owned house apparently died years ago inside vehicle in garage

(Newser) - The body of a woman whom neighbors say they last saw several years ago was found in an SUV parked in the garage of a foreclosed home northwest of Detroit. An employee of a property management company working for a bank that now owns the house stumbled upon the body... More »

How We Recognize: By Body Shape

Study: We don't rely on faces to pick out far-off friends

(Newser) - We hear plenty about facial recognition technology, whether on Facebook or at the FBI—but it turns out we humans are pretty good at spotting individuals based on their bodies, too. That may be why we can pick out a friend in a distant crowd, Popular Science reports. In a... More »

'68 Himalayas Crash Site Yields a Body

India retrieves an army officer 45 years later

(Newser) - The Indian army lost 102 personnel in 1968 when a transport plane vanished in the Himalayas, and 45 years later the military is bringing the body of one of them home. A scouting mission in dangerous terrain at 18,000 feet recovered the body of Havaldar Jagmail Singh, identified through... More »

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