The body is believed to be Yvette Vickers, 82, an early Playboy playmate and actress.
The body was found Friday on an upstairs bedroom floor in a home in the 10000 block of Westwanda Drive in Benedict Canyon, according to Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter.
The woman who found the body told the Los Angeles Times said the remains were unrecognizable, and even she could not tell if it was her 82-year-old neighbor.
Susan Savage said she went to check on the home because she saw old letters and cobwebs in Vickers’ mailbox.
“The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow,” she told The Times. “I just had a bad feeling.”
In addition to her modeling work in Playboy, Vickers appeared in B- movies such as “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches.”
Police told The Times there did not appear to be any signs of foul play.
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