26-year-old woman’s body found in U-Haul van, coroner’s office says

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The body found inside a U-Haul van Wednesday is that of an adult female, according to the coroner's office.

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 26-year-old Alyssa Sanderfer. Friends we contacted say the victim had special needs and are saddened by the death.

Alyssa Sanderfer (Photo provided by family friend)

IMPD said an employee discovered the body around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at 4011 South East Street, which is a U-Haul facility.

Because the victim was found in a tote, "it was assumed to be a baby," police said. The coroner discovered the body belonged to an adult when retrieving the remains.

Despite being 26-years-old, Sanderfer had a very small frame, which is why initially police thought the body was a small child.

As for how the victim died, police are not releasing any new information about the case.

Detectives are checking customer records at U-Haul to see who may have rented the van, where it came from and where it was last registered, but so far no arrests have been made.

The cause and manner of death have not been determined until toxicology results are finalized.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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