A 58-year-old woman found lying dead on a shopping cart filled with recyclable materials Tuesday in Salinas has been identified as Jeanne Weber, a police commander said today. Weber’s body was found slumped face down on the completely full cart after Salinas police responded at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone reported seeing her on a cart parked on a sidewalk at 393 W. Market St., police Cmdr. Vincent Maiorana said.
Police today interviewed a man seen on a surveillance video pushing the cart with Weber on top for a short distance on West Market Street, a well-traveled highway through Salinas, before leaving the cart behind, Maiorana said. Officers were able to identify the man and found him at a place he is known to frequent. He voluntarily showed up at the Salinas Police Department today to discuss what happened and was released, Maiorana said. The man was “extremely cooperative” with officers and police know where he lives if they need to contact him, Maiorana said.
The Monterey County coroner’s office performed an autopsy on Weber’s body today and since it is not yet known if she died of natural causes or from foul play, there was no reason to arrest the man who pushed the cart, Maiorana said. “It’s one of those cases where we need to get a definitive on the cause of death,” Maiorana said. Weber had been dead for only a couple of hours after she was found, Maiorana said. Salinas police are asking anyone with information about Weber to contact the Investigations bureau at (831) 758-7226
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