Nadia Malik wasn’t spotted because her sedan’s windows were tinted – and tickets continued to pile up after her vehicle was towed.
A young mother lay dead in her snow-covered car while parking tickets piled up on her windscreen.
Nadia Malik had been missing for 11 days before police discovered her body in her Nissan Altima on Thursday.
The car was parked near Philadelphia’s main train station and Ms Malik was found lying on the reclined front passenger seat under a pile of clothes and a gym bag, according to reports.
The car was first ticketed on February 10, before being towed on Valentine’s Day because it was blocking snow removal.
Police reportedly said the body would have been hidden because the car had tinted windows as well as being covered in snow.
It had been ticketed eight times.
Ms Malik’s body was only found when a member of the public reported seeing a vehicle matching the description in a public appeal.
Reports in the US claim the 22-year-old had a volatile relationship with her boyfriend – named as Bhupinder Singh.
Relatives said they last heard from Ms Malik when she contacted her brother and said that Singh, was holding her in a vehicle “against her will” and she was “trying to get away”.
The family reported her missing.
Singh was arrested after he fled to his parents’ home near Cleveland, according to reports.
Investigators are now awaiting his return. The 25-year-old is currently behind bars in Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, awaiting arrival of a Delaware County transport team – the Delaware County Daily Times has reported.
Mr Singh has not been charged with any offenses involving the disappearance or death of Ms Malik. A court document filed in connection with the case described the couple as having “a strained … on/off violent relationship.”
However, a post mortem examination showed no sign of injuries to her body and further toxicology tests have been ordered.