LAPD detectives said today they are confident that Janet M. Barrie owned the trunk that contained the mummified remains of a fetus and possibly a newborn baby. Barrie, born in Scotland, was the home nurse for a Los Angeles dentist and died in 1992. The trunk was found in the basement of a Westlake-area apartment building where Barrie lived; it contained 1930s memorabilia such as tickets to the Olympic Games at the Coliseum and the remains were wrapped in newspapers of the era. More detail to come, the LAPD promises.
* New details: LAPD chief Charlie Beck says the coroner has not yet been able to determine a cause of death on the two remains. Coroner's official Ed Winter says one was a full-term baby, the other a fetus under 20 weeks of gestation. There's no evidence to tell whether the fetus was aborted or miscarried. NBC 4