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How Did Woman Found In Pasadena Fire End Up Dead?

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Body Found In Pasadena Garage

PASADENA (CBS) — Police are still investigating how a woman, whose charred remains were found in a burned-out garage apartment in Pasadena, ended up dead.

Yolanda Marie Sapetto, 43, had a felony conviction for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent in San Bernardino County last year, the Pasadena Star-News. Its unclear, however, what she was doing at the converted garage apartment on South San Marino Avenue near Colorado Boulevard when it caught fire late July 31.

Pasadena firefighters put out the blaze, but the body was not found until Aug. 2 by an insurance investigator. The owner of the building told the Star-News he didn’t know Sapetto or know why she was on his property.

Apparently, Sapetto died in the fire, but coroner’s investigators withheld the woman’s cause of death, pending the completion of toxicology tests. The cause of the fire, if known, has not been made public.

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