MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A woman found dead in an SUV inside a storage container in a remote field in Arkansas likely died of asphyxiation due to carbon monoxide poisoning, the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.
Chief Todd Grooms said the remains are believed to belong to Marilane Carter of Kansas, who disappeared in the Mid-South more than two weeks ago as she drove to Alabama for mental health treatment, according to her family.
Carter’s uncle found her SUV backed into a shipping container down a gravel road off Interstate 55 on Tuesday morning.
The remains, discovered Tuesday, have not been positively identified by the Arkansas State Crime Lab, and the cause of death has not been determined by a medical examiner.
Grooms said the vehicle’s ignition was in the run position and evidence showed it had been running inside the closed container. The vehicle was confirmed as Carter’s and one of her credit cards was found inside, authorities said.
“No foul play is suspected at this time,” Grooms said in a statement.