Woman Dies Outside Wawa as Authorities Investigate Odor: DA

The cause of the odor isn't clear

Crews found a woman dead in a parked minivan outside a New Jersey Wawa.

Authorities say they are trying to determine the source of an apparent chemical odor coming from inside the white minivan parked where the woman's body was found.

Emergency responders were called to the parking lot at 595 Spring Street in Elizabeth at around 4 p.m. Monday and found a woman inside a vehicle with the doors and windows closed, police said.

The EMTs were able to get into the van but were immediately overpowered by some sort of chemical smell, police said. Once they determined the woman was dead, the workers backed away and alerted firefighters and hazmat crews.

Hazmat units responded to figure out the nature of the odor and to make the scene safe for investigators. The car and the parking lot, which also serves an AutoZone store, were cordoned off as authorities investigated.

Police didn't immediately identify the woman, and a medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

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