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Athens trunk death mystery

An Athens man who thought he had found an ideal box for his tools in a wooden trunk abandoned in the city center got a nasty shock yesterday morning when he opened the lid and found the body of a young woman inside. The woman was identified late yesterday as Chryssoula Frangi, 24. A coroner found that she had died two days ago, and attributed her death to asphyxiation. However, initial reports said the corpse bore no external injuries or signs of violence. An autopsy will be carried out and, if that fails to shed any light on the cause of death, tests will be conducted to see whether Frangi was poisoned. The trunk had been left between two parked cars on Palli Street in the central district of Gyzi, and was opened by a man who said he had planned to take it to store his tools. A local resident told police he saw two men dumping the trunk on Palli Street early yesterday morning, which was corroborated by the owners of the two cars, who said the box was not there when they parked their vehicles on Thursday night.