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Body found in trunk of vehicle is identified as Roseville woman

A small pot filled with wilted flowers sits Tuesday near the sidewalk on Gerry Way in Roseville, where police found a woman’s body in the trunk of a car Monday.
A small pot filled with wilted flowers sits Tuesday near the sidewalk on Gerry Way in Roseville, where police found a woman’s body in the trunk of a car Monday. nchavez@sacbee.com

The body found stuffed into the trunk of a car parked in Roseville was identified Tuesday as Andrea Paola Guzman Spangler, a Roseville resident.

Officers went to the 1500 block of Gerry Way about 7:20 a.m. Monday after neighbors reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. They found Spangler, 38, in the trunk.

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said the case is being investigated as a homicide. Neighbors thought the vehicle might have been at the location for about a week, but investigators have not confirmed that, Gunther said.

An initial examination found no obvious signs of trauma to her body. The cause of death is undetermined, pending an autopsy report and toxicology tests.

A small pot filled with wilted flowers sat Tuesday near the sidewalk on Gerry Way, where police found Spangler’s body.

The car was parked near the home of Susan Lamb, who said she first noticed the metallic-colored sedan about four to five days ago.

“I know it didn’t belong to any people in the neighborhood,” she said.

It’s not unusual for unknown people living at the nearby Santa Clara Terrace Apartments to park near her home, given the limited parking at the complex, she said.

“Sunday night, I did notice a smell but I didn’t think anything of it,” she said. She thought the smell could have come from her husband’s car since he works in pest control.

She and other neighbors stayed indoor for much of the weekend, avoiding the triple-digit temperatures, she said.

Guzman-Spangler’s voter registration address was on Tilbury Way in an upscale Roseville neighborhood about 4 miles northwest of where her body was found. Public records indicate that her relatives live at the home.

A man who answered the door Tuesday declined to talk to The Bee.

“No, no, we don’t want to talk to anybody,” he said.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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