(CBS/KCBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County coroners are working to positively identify a body thought to be that of 82-year-old Yvette Vickers, an early
Playboy playmate and actress.
The body was so badly decomposed that initially they could not tell if the body was male or female.
The body was discovered Friday in an upstairs bedroom of a West Los Angeles home, reports CBS station KCBS.
Neighbor Susan Savage discovered the body after she went to check on the home because she saw old letters and cobwebs in Vickers' mailbox, reports the station.
"The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow," she told The Los Angeles Times. "I just had a bad feeling."
The body appeared to have gone undiscovered for an unknown period of time - anywhere from several months to a year - and investigators initially weren't able to determine if it was the remains of a man or woman, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.
In addition to Vickers' modeling work in Playboy, she appeared in cult movies such as "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches."
Police told the Times there did not appear to be any signs of foul play.