The coroner's office said Tuesday that the decomposing body of a woman found in a field near Venice's Marina Peninsula neighborhood is that of a filmmaker who disappeared June 12.
Scott Carrier of the coroner's office said dental records were used to confirm Wendy Bott's identity. He said her death appears to be a suicide; the official cause of death will be announced in four to six weeks.
Police said it appears that Bott, 38, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, and have ruled out foul play. A gun, a box of ammunition and a black bag were found next to Bott, said Det. Mike DePasquale of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division.
Bott, a freelance writer who moved to Los Angeles from New York about 10 years ago, had recently finished shooting "Robbie's Brother," a film she wrote and co-directed.