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Mummified body discovered near salt water pool in southern France

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Mummified body discovered near salt water pool in southern France
L'Étang de Lavalduc where the corpse was found. Thierry Draus/Flickr
13:17 CEST+02:00
A mummified body has been discovered near a body of salt water to the north west of Marseille.
The corpse, discovered on Wednesday, was found in the area surrounding a stretch of salt water known as l'Étang de Lavalduc in Martigues, to the north west of Marseille, according to La Provence newspaper. 
It was then, with a great deal of difficulty, removed from the scene on Thursday, according to reports. 
At first, investigators believed the body, which had been mummified in salt, to be the corpse of an octogenarian woman who has been missing since the beginning of the year. 
But it seems likely it is instead the body of a short man. 
An autopsy was due to be held on Friday morning in order to determine the victim and the cause of death. 
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