A badly decomposed body of a woman was discovered in a shed at a Buddhist temple in Little Saigon, the Orange County Register reports here.
A worker found the body, wrapped in traditional Buddhist attire, in a shed at the “Tu Quang” temple (“Tịnh xá Từ Quang“) in Midway City at around 3pm on Thursday, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.
The discovery, however, wasn’t reported to police until 7pm, Amormino said.
Authorities believe the remains are of a 41-year-old nun who hasn’t been seen since May, the Register says, although a positive ID has not been made, and an autopsy performed on Friday did not determine a cause of death.
No one from the worship center filed a missing persons report for the woman. “They believed that she just left, but her personal belongings were still at the temple,” Amormino said.
The members of the worship center said no one had entered the shed since May, Amormino said.
The body showed no obvious signs of trauma, Amormino said, with toxicology tests and further investigation needed to determine her cause of death.
A “tịnh xá,” meaning a worship center without a abbott in charge, the Tu Quang temple is a residential home located amont other residential homes in a quiet and almost all Vietnamese neighborhood on Purdy Street, off Hazard Avenue. It is right in Little Saigon, a short 15-minute walk from Asian Garden.
Midway City is an unincorporated area under direct county jurisdiction, surrounded by the City of Westminster.