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Body Found on Redding Boat Identified

Published On: Apr 03 2013 05:15:59 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 09:39:38 PM CDT
Boat Body photo 3

Courtesy: Chris Solberg

REDDING, Calif. -

The body found in a boat last Sunday has been identified by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office as 49-year-old Melanie Sue Culpen.

The body was found on Mar. 31 behind a home on Prince St. in Redding. Police were called to the scene that Sunday evening around 7 p.m.

Police said that neighbors noticed a foul odor in the area where the boat was stored and went to investigate.

The neighbors also told police that the body could be that of a homeless woman known to wander in that general area.

The body was identified on Apr. 1 using a fingerprint comparison.