LOS ANGELES May 2 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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