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Body found in car believed to be missing woman

4 years 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 23 2015 Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015 11:09 AM July 23, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - The coroner's office said they believe they've identified a woman whose body was found decomposed Wednesday in a car parked at the Baker Walmart.

Coroner Beau Clark said their "presumptive conclusion" is the woman is Joy Gulotta, who was recently reported missing to Baton Rouge Police.

Baker Police said they were called to the Walmart around 4 p.m. Wednesday and found the body inside the car. They said the car was registered to Gulotta, but the body was decomposed enough they couldn't immediately identify her.

BRPD said Gulotta was last seen July 18 at a pawn shop in Denham Springs. She was expected to return to Baton Rouge to pick someone up, but never showed up.

Clark said they're still waiting on DNA tests to absolutely confirm the identity, as well as toxicology tests while they work on determining the exact cause of death. He estimated it could take up to two weeks to get those test results back.

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