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March 13, 2014

Police ask dentists' help identifying mummified body

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are asking any dentists for help in identifying the mummified remains of a woman found in a car at a suburban Detroit home last week.

Investigators believe the remains belong to Pia Farrenkopf, but the identity hasn’t been settled. There’s evidence of extensive dental work, and the Oakland County medical examiner believes dental records could quickly confirm a name.

But authorities don’t know the dentists who treated Farrenkopf.

The body was found in the rear seat of Farrenkopf’s Jeep in her garage in Pontiac. She may have been dead for more than five years. There is no evidence of foul play.

Without dental records, authorities would have to turn to DNA from Farrenkopf’s family in Massachusetts, a long process. Besides Michigan, Farrenkopf also lived in Massachusetts, Arkansas and overseas.

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