Body found on ice in hotel room

March 7, 2008 6:08:07 PM PST
Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body kept in dry ice at a Newport Beach hotel room. Police Sgt. Evan Sailor says investigators found the body Thursday night after arresting a man on the grounds of the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel for investigation of selling and possessing drugs.

When they searched the man's room, they found the body inside a large plastic container filled with dry ice.

Orange County deputy coroner Dan Akin says an autopsy of the body was "inconclusive" and that investigators are trying to identify the woman and determine a cause of death.

Police are investigating whether the hotel guest is involved in the woman's death.