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Woman packed in ice identified

California in Brief / NEWPORT BEACH

March 09, 2008|David Haldane

A woman found dead and packed in dry ice at an upscale hotel near John Wayne Airport has been identified as Monique Felicia Trepp of Huntington Beach, a police spokesman said Saturday.

No further information was available on how she died or how long her body had been in the hotel room, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Scott McKnight.

Trepp, 33, was found late Thursday after police arrested Stephen David Royds, 46, on suspicion of possessing and selling cocaine at the Fairmont Hotel on MacArthur Boulevard. In searching his room, authorities said, they found Trepp packed in dry ice in a rubber or plastic container.

A coroner's spokesman said the woman appeared not to have been murdered, but could provide no more information on the cause of her death pending toxicology tests. Royds was booked into the city jail on the drug charges, where he remained Saturday. Bail has been set at $30,000.

-- David Haldane

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