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Body found in rental truck identified as California woman

FULLERTON, Calif. — A body found wrapped in plastic inside the cargo hold of an abandoned rental truck has been identified as a 29-year-old Southern California woman reported missing by her family, according to a newspaper report.

Investigators are still trying to find out if Ashley Manning’s death was a homicide, Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. Manning, of Anaheim, was identified during an autopsy, Carringer said Friday.

“Her cause of death is still pending … toxicology could take weeks,” he told the Orange County Register.

Staff at the U-Haul Moving and Storage storage facility in Fullerton found the body last Wednesday while conducting inventory on the truck.

Manning’s family reported her missing in November, the newspaper reported. According to a Facebook post by her sister seeking help finding her, Manning flew from Dallas to Los Angeles International Airport Nov. 13, but was never seen again.

“We have confirmation that she made it to LAX and are working with police to pull video footage to see what car she got into (and) run license plates,” Taylor Manning wrote in her Facebook post.

Manning had most recently been staying in the Anaheim area with friends, Carringer said.

The truck had been rented in nearby Anaheim and was found abandoned in that city after the rental agreement expired. It was towed by a third-party company to the Fullerton facility, according to the Register.

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