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L.A. coroner investigating if mummified remains are those of actress

By Michael Martinez, CNN
  • Yvette Vickers was a 1950s B-movie actress who starred in cult horror films
  • Mummified remains were found in the bedroom of her home last week
  • Vickers was last seen alive at least four months ago
  • Authorities are trying to confirm if the remains are those of Vickers

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Los Angeles County authorities are trying to confirm if mummified remains discovered in a home are those of actress Yvette Vickers, who starred in the 1950s cult horror movies "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," the coroner's office said Tuesday.

Vickers, 82, was also a Playboy Playmate centerfold in July 1959, a Playboy magazine spokeswoman said Tuesday. The magazine was first published in December 1953, the spokeswoman said.

A neighbor checked on Vickers last Wednesday and eventually discovered the remains in the bedroom of Vickers' home in Los Angeles' Benedict Canyon community, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

Vickers was last seen alive at least four months ago, and investigators have contacted her family and are trying to collect her dental and medical X-rays, all in an effort to confirm the identity of the remains, Winter said.

"We're continuing to try to look into the mode, manner and cause of death. There was no apparent foul play or trauma noted at this time," Winter told CNN.

Vickers lived alone, Winter said. It's not uncommon for Los Angeles County authorities to find mummified remains within homes or outdoors, Winter said.

"We find a few every year," Winter said. "Usually (they) are shut-ins and people that are reclusives."

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