Not just another Newport coke bust in a fancy hotel. This one has OUTSIDER CRYOGENICS!

Cocaine Investigation Turns Up Body Packed In Dry Ice

NEWPORT BEACH – An investigation into cocaine sales led Newport Beach police to a four-diamond hotel where they found a woman’s body packed in dry ice, authorities said Friday.

An autopsy of the woman, who has not been not identified, shows that “the victim’s death does not appear to be a homicide,” police said in a statement. Toxicology results are pending and a cause of death hasn’t been determined.

The body was discovered shortly after narcotics investigators at 10:15 Thursday night arrested Stephen David Royds, 46, on the grounds of the Fairmont Newport Beach on suspicion of cocaine sales and possession.

A subsequent search of Royds’ room turned up the body inside a large, plastic container full of dry ice. Police said they still don’t know if Royds, a Newport Beach resident who is being held on $30,000 bail, was involved in the death.

Police Sgt. Evan Sailor described the woman as white and in her 20s or 30s. She was fully clothed and “because of the way she was kept, she was very well-preserved,” Sailor said.

Royds in 2002 pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to five felony charges, four of which were related to either possession or sale of a controlled substance, and one of which involved possession of a forged driver’s license, online court records show.

The woman’s body was discovered in Room 966, which stood out conspicuously when viewed from a stairwell. Two magnum-sized bottles of sake on the balcony looked as if they had been jury-rigged as makeshift lamps, with screw-in light-bulb fixtures attached to their spouts. Visible inside was a box labeled “Spy Vision: Night-Vision Goggles,” a toy that sells for about $15 online.

Two partially disassembled porch swings not seen on any neighboring balcony also sat outside, and what looked to be a rolled-up screen made of wooden sticks sat in the balcony corner.

Sailor said he had “no idea” about any of items seen at the room.

Fairmont spokeswoman Michelle Heston said the hotel had “no information” on the incident. “Our team is fully supporting the Newport Beach Police Department and assisting them in their investigation,” Heston said.

Authorities would not say how long Royds had been staying at the Fairmont, which sits on MacArthur Boulevard a block away from John Wayne Airport and holds a AAA four-diamond rating.

Asked how much cocaine Royds possessed, Sailor said that “it wasn’t a lot but it was enough to arrest for the (narcotic) sales” charge.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 800-550-NBPD.


    “A retired dressmaker, and mother of longtime cryonics activist Saul Kent, Mrs. Kent had been ailing for several years. When she came down with pneumonia and death seemed imminent, a fateful decision was made to bring her into the facility before she deanimated. This was medically sound but politically pretty dicey, as events proved. The suspension itself (a neuro or head only) was fairly routine (in some ways in fact, the best ever, since there was no waiting time for transport). But afterward the local coroner became interested, launched an investigation, autopsied the headless body, decided the mode of death was “natural causes,” reversed himself, demanded and was refused the head for autopsy, accused the Alcor team of murder, etc. Alcor personnel, who refused to disclose the location of this neuropatient when questioned, were put in handcuffs and detained for several hours before being released, and this was but one incident in a long campaign of intimidation and harassment.”


      1. Re: best euphemism ever
        Corpsicle is a term that has been used in science fiction to refer to a corpse that has been cryonically cryopreserved. Its earliest printed usage in the current form dates from 1969 and appears in Fred Pohl’s book, The Age of the Pussyfoot. To advocates of cryonics, the term is an offensive pejorative because of the mocking implication that cryonics patients are corpses and ice pops (“popsicles”, in the USA), not sick people to be recovered.[1]


      2. Re: best euphemism ever
        Wow. Those people had better never hear any hospital slang. Or restaurant slang, for that matter! Haha


    1. Also we had a great one here with a cryonics place (don’t remember the name) that was just kinda… not keeping things frozen. Which is always what bugged me, anyway. It’s like paying some monks to pray for you after you die. What’s to keep them from just laughing and pocketing the cash? And my head’s not in the freezer!


    1. Re: uhhhhhh
      Yeah, the whole thing is bizarre. You follow a guy for a while and he’s got a big coke record and lives in the Fairmont and has a DEAD FROZEN PERSON in his suite but $30K bail?
      Maybe he actually has no cash and is flying on stolen credit and isn’t much of a “flight risk” but that sounds unlikely.
      Boy, the things that seem like a good idea when a person is high out of his skull.


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