Mummified Playboy Playmate found in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES Mon May 2, 2011 10:53pm EDT

LOS ANGELES May 2 (Reuters) - A mummified body believed to be that of an early Playboy Playmate has been found in a dilapidated Beverly Hills home after evidently being undiscovered for up to a year, authorities said on Monday.

The house was owned by Yvette Vickers, a B-movie actress who was named Playboy's Miss July in 1959, almost six years after the men's magazine was first published.

A neighbor found the body last Wednesday when her suspicions were aroused by old letters and cobwebs in the mailbox. The house was packed with boxes, and at least one window was broken. A space heater was running in the upstairs room where the body was lying on the floor

"We don't know if it's a Jane Doe or a John Doe," said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Police said there were no signs of foul play.

Vickers, born Yvette Vedder in Kansas City, Missouri, was variously described as being either 82 or 74. She was briefly married twice during the 1950s.

Her film credits include 1958's "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and 1959's "Attack of the Giant Leeches." Her last feature role was in a 1990 horror called "Evil Spirits."

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Chris Wilson)

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