Breaking News
More () »

Body found in parked car at Cottage City used car lot sparks death investigation

Police have opened a death investigation after a body was discovered in the back seat of a mini van parked in a used car lot in Maryland Tuesday afternoon.

COTTAGE CITY, Md. — Police in Cottage City are conducting a death investigation after a body was found in the back seat of a mini van parked in a used car lot Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the body was discovered by an employee in a car that had been involved in a crash and brought to this specific lot several months ago.

The body appeared to have been in the car for some time and had been decomposing, according to police. 

A medical examiner from Baltimore is responding to the scene.

At this time, Cottage City Police cannot say whether or not the death is the result of foul play.

Investigators are expected to know more when the medical examiner arrives on scene so they can remove the body.

This is all the information available at this time. Stay with WUSA9 as we continue to follow this incident.


The remains of a teenage girl, who was last seen in September, were found in a wooded area of Takoma Park, sparking a homicide investigation, according to the Prince George's County Police Department.

The skeletal remains were discovered around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a wooded area near Drexel Street, off of Riggs Road. 

Detectives were informed and a death investigation was opened. An autopsy ruled the manner of death for the victim, that was identified over the weekend as 17-year-old Rosa Diaz-Santos of Greenbelt, as a homicide.

WUSA9 is now on Roku and Amazon Fire TVs. Download the apps today for live newscasts and video on demand.

Download the WUSA9 app to get breaking news, weather and important stories at your fingertips.

Sign up for the Get Up DC newsletter: Your forecast. Your commute. Your news.
Sign up for the Capitol Breach email newsletter, delivering the latest breaking news and a roundup of the investigation into the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021.

Before You Leave, Check This Out