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Woman found dead in SUV parked at Dunkin’ Donuts identified. But how did she die?

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Kendra Lee Parsick was dead inside her SUV behind a Lakewood Ranch Dunkin’ Donuts for about three weeks before she was found.

But how the 38-year-old Myakka City woman died remains a mystery.

Her body was found on Friday after a Dunkin’ Donuts employee asked deputies to check an SUV that had been parked in the lot behind the shopping strip in the 14000 block of State Road 70 East for about three weeks.

Parsick was found in the backseat of the SUV.

Investigators could not immediately identify Parsick because her body was so badly decomposed. She was identified after an autopsy was completed on Monday.

The level of decomposition was so advanced that the medical examiner was not able to determine a cause or manner of death, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Randy Warren.

“We don’t know that it’s foul play,” Warren said. “The autopsy didn’t reveal what we hoped it would.”

Detectives are unsure when Parsick was last seen and do not know of any missing persons report filed looking for her.

“That’s where we could use some help,” Warren said.

Detectives are hoping anyone who had recent contact with her will come forward. Meanwhile they have more questions than answers.

Anyone with information should call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477(TIPS).

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Investigators have identified the woman’s body found in this vehicle Friday on State Road 70 East. Provided photo

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