PITTSFIELD — A young woman’s body was found Friday afternoon in the trunk of a car in Pittsfield.

The locked car initially was parked at the nearby Walmart in Palmyra and was towed to the Varney Chevrolet dealership on Somerset Avenue in Pittsfield to be unlocked, at which point the body was discovered, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland.

Authorities do not yet know the woman’s identity, and investigators will research missing-persons cases to try to identify her, McCausland said. The body is to be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where the cause of death will be determined.

The car, a Chevrolet Malibu registered in Maine and from a local area, was removed from the dealership Friday night and will be investigated further.

McCausland refused to say if the death is considered suspicious, saying only that state police were investigating. The Major Crimes Unit, along with town police, was at work at the scene in Pittsfield.

He also would not say who found the body, though the car was near the service part of the dealership’s building.

“At this point it is a death under investigation,” he said, adding police would not know anything more until the medical examiner conducts an autopsy. Once police can identify the body positively, McCausland said, the next step would be contacting family members.

A general manager for the car dealership came out while police were investigating but declined to comment. The store remained open for business while police were at the scene.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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Twitter: @colinoellis

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