Officially the LA County Coroner say they have found ‘some’ remains in the home of the 82 year old star of ‘Attack of the 50ft Woman’, and that they’ve ‘reached out to next of kin’, suggesting that she is in fact the deceased.
So, if she hasn’t been murdered, how does one become mummified? Well, natural mummification is possible and, luckily, doesn’t need the help of the Ancient-Egyptians. Although the most common process of mummification involved their processes, such as embalming the body and wrapping it in bandages, natural mummification isn’t actually as rare as you’d think!
In North America there are several common places for natural mummification to occur. For example, in Greenland eight bodies, thought to have died hundreds of years ago, were found in a cave, and scientists believe they were mummified by a combination of sub-zero temperatures and dry winds.
There have also been many natural mummies in Mexico, most dating from the early1800s and preserved through natural heat and dry conditions.
The Press Officer for the Los Angeles County Coroner claims that, even in Hollywood, land of the rich and famous, glitz and glamor, it’s possible for a body to become mummified naturally: “Factors include temperature, dryness of the environment, and the health” of the deceased person.
If the remains found at Ms Vickers’ home are indeed hers, they’ve had plenty of time to begin the mummification process, as according to a report in the LA Times, friends hadn’t seen her for several months, and it could well have taken over a year for authorities to find the body.
A neighbor who reportedly found the body, told the Times that a small space heater was still on when she spotted the remains in an upstairs room, suggesting that the air in the room could have been hot and dry enough to mummify the woman’s remains.