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Woman on ice died of overdose

May 30, 2008|David Haldane

Orange County coroner's officials Thursday confirmed what investigators had long suspected: A woman whose body was found packed in dry ice in an upscale hotel room died of an overdose.

Monique Felicia Trepp, 33, found March 6 at the Fairmont Hotel, died of an acute combination of cocaine and alcohol, supervising deputy coroner Larry Esslinger said.

Investigators believe that she may have been dead for as long as a year.

Trepp's boyfriend, Stephen David Royds, 46, has been charged with possession and intent to sell drugs from the hotel room that he and Trepp shared.

In a jailhouse interview with the Orange County Register, he said he'd kept the woman's body preserved in dry ice "for religious reasons," but wouldn't elaborate.

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-- David Haldane

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