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Bodies found in weird places will make you even jumpier about turning a dark corner late at night, now that you know there's a chance you could run into a mugger and/or a dead body. These people who died under odd circumstances and took awhile to find are thankfully the exceptions rather than the norm, but there are still plenty of dead bodies found in weird places on this list of crazy places dead people have been found.

What are the weirdest places bodies have been found? From a woman found dead in her cubicle after over a day, to a dead baby shark being found in a bathroom stall, to even a body found in an elevator shaft frozen in ice, these are the 12 strangest stories of dead bodies being found in public places. Enjoy. Also, make sure that if anything ever happens to you, you have someone who will go to your place and delete your internet history. That's an important friend to have.

Woman Starves to Death in Broken Elevator

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A woman's body was discovered in an elevator in Xi’an, China after she apparently starved to death. Workers found the body, which had been trapped in the elevator for more than a month, when they returned to work at the building after the Chinese New Year. They were supposed to have checked the elevators before taking them out of service before the holiday, but authorities said the workers neglected to perform a visual inspection. When they finally did discover the poor woman, they noticed that her hands were mangled from repeated attempts to escape.

Dead Woman Sat in Walmart Parking Lot for Months

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Twenty-two-year-old Lauren Moss was first reported missing in November 2015, but she wasn't found until the following February. For months, Moss's dead body sat in her parked car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Salinas, California. Police suspected that she committed suicide, and surveillance cameras noted that the car had been in the lot since December. Moss was finally discovered when employees finally looked inside the tinted windows.

Man Found Dead Between Elevator and Shaft Wall in NYC

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In July 2014, 20-year-old Tito Morales was discovered between the 18th and 19th floors of the building he was living in in the Bronx. Police don't know how he got there, but pronounced him dead after they were able to pull him out. 

It's unknown whether or not foul play was involved.

Canadian Tourist Found Floating In Water Tank of Downtown Los Angeles Hotel

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Possibly the grossest instance of finding a body in a weird place, Canadian tourist and University of British Columbia student Elisa Lam was found floating in one of four water cisterns situated on top of the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. This was not a situation of her falling in one night and being found the next day; Lam was left decomposing in the tank - which provided water for bathing and drinking to the residents of the hotel - for as many as 19 days.


Patrons of the budget hotel had reported that water pressure was almost non-existent and that the water coming from the taps had an off taste to it, but it was over two weeks before anyone from the maintenance staff of the building investigated the cause of the issues. Gross.


Woman Found Dead in Cubicle, a Day Later

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There has to be an appropriate Dilbert comic for this.

When Rebecca Wells, an auditor for the Department of Internal Services, was found dead at her cubicle in an office building at 9150 Imperial Highway in Downey, it wasn't because her co-workers noticed her and immediately called the paramedics.

She had been dead for over 24 hours when her body was found, dead and hunched over at her desk.

She normally worked in East Los Angeles, but was conducting an audit in the Downey area.

Her body went unnoticed for a day; she was working on the second floor of the office building in a row of cubicles where no other workers were stationed.

She was found by a security guard on Saturday, February 12, and was last seen alive the previous day at 5 PM after a staff meeting.

Investigators have not yet pinpointed the cause of death, but no foul play is suspected; except for ignoring a dead coworker, that's kind of foul..

Dead Man Found Inside Car, Ticketed 7 Times

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According to the friendly neighborhood parking enforcement officials, the issue wouldn't even have been flagged in the system FOR ANOTHER FULL WEEK after the seventh ticket was placed on the dead man's car had the man not been discovered as dead and not sleeping.

John Waldo was reported missing [insert obvious ironic reference here] nearly two weeks before the first ticket was issued, and the toxicology reports that will determine Waldo's cause of death will take a month and a half to process.

Don't forget to take into account that the guy who eventually reported the corpse assumed that the stench of the decaying man was merely the "trash" that got thrown out around the dumpster area. Lovely.

Stalker Found Dead Outside Paula Abdul's House

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This is weirder than the man who was found dead outside the fence to The Playboy Mansion (with that kind of establishment, the fact that trying to sneak in could literally kill you is absolutely no surprise.)

Check this woman out.

The woman in the video is clearly not in touch with reality, and worse yet, has chosen to be a nutter butter in head to toe pink, like Barbie only less attractive and not comprised entirely of plastic.

Embedded to your left is her American Idol audition. It's one of the greats. It includes her delusional personality, her street attitude and her inability to sing more than two correct, consecutive, notes of music.

Her name was Paula Goodspeed. At 30, she was found dead in a car outside former American Idol judge Paula Abdul's house in Sherman Oaks, around the 3800 block of Beverly Ridge Drive (if you're ever going for a tourist ride around town.)

Police investigated her death as a possible suicide. Goodpseed had auditioned for one of Idol's earlier seasons, but didn't make it past the first round of recruitment. She sang "Proud Mary", and wore a pink frock that caused fellow Idol Judge Simon Cowell to comment that Goodspeed looked a like Abdul (because you know, they're both ethnic and have the same name -- do you see why Simon Cowell's a millionaire?).

Anonymous police officials of the Los Angeles Police department's threat management unit commented that they were familiar with Goodspeed because of her involvement a number of stalking incidents, this one just happened to be a little more final. Officials declined to comment further, but it goes to show that a lot of people will do a lot of crazy things for the spotlight, including, but not limited to, wearing pink from head to toe with hightop sneakers and a long skirt.

Here's the news report on her death:


Woman Found Dead in Club after Lil Kim's Birthday Party

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Ingrid Rivera, 24, was found dead in a utility closet after one of rapper Lil Kim's birthday parties at Spotlight Live, a popular karoake club.

Of course, one does have to wonder what Rivera was doing in the closet in the first place: drugs? sex? GETTING MURDERED AT LIL KIM'S BIRTHDAY?

Spotlight Live shut its doors for weeks after the incident in order to, you know, clean up the utility closet and figure out what the f*ck happened. Rivera was reported missing by her mother on Tuesday, and Lil Kim didn't even hear about the body until Wednesday.

According to club patrons, the woman was thrown out of the club by the reportedly very heavy-handed security after being found drunk in the men's bathroom. She wasn't seen after the incident until someone discovered her in a closet.

Police suspected foul play, but no one was ever brought to justice (most likely because real police work isn't televised... all the time.)