Anna Oung, woman found dead in trunk of car in bizarre suicide case
Postpartum psychosis may be to blame in the bizarre suicide case of a Califoria woman, Anna Oung, who was found dead in the trunk of her car.
The body of 29-year-old Oung was found on Tuesday evening in her car parked in Irvine, California when her concerned husband tracked her mobile phone service using GPS after Oung did not return home from work.
“All the evidence investigators have discovered to date’, including preliminary results from a coroner’s medical examination, is ‘consistent with the death being a suicide”, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said.
The sedan appeared to be unoccupied when the husband found it, Engen said, and he called officers to help him open the vehicle, saying he didn’t have keys to the car.
While searching the car, officer’s found Oung’s body in the trunk.
Oung’s body showed “visible signs of injury,” but police have not specified what type of injuries or commented on what could have caused them.
While the “unusual nature of the discovery” of Oung’s body initially led police to term the incident a “suspicious death,” authorities now say that foul play is not suspected.
Since the birth of the couple’s first child three months ago, Oung had been diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and was receiving treatments, friends and family told police, the Orange County Register reported.
It is a rare mental illness that comes on quickly after the birth of a child, and includes symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, feeling irritated, hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep, paranoia and changing mood swings.
The announcement comes despite the Orange County Coroner’s Office not yet determining an official cause of death.