Thanks for the awesome info.
When I got home, I sprayed some oil into the trunk lock.
Tried using the first cut key...won't go in.
Buffed down the sharp edges of the first key, won't go in.
Dawned on me to try to insert the $2 walmart copy of the first key.
The $2 key opened the trunk lock where the $35 key wouldn't.
I also lubed the console lock. Key worked in there as well after lube.
This is what we found inside.
As I went thru the contents, it affected me quite a bit.
There was a complete college cheerleaders outfit in there.
A big bag of bath towels.
College books, course paperwork, boots and various personal items.
There were papers with the persons name written in. Most of this was from fall 2009 as the person was filling out applications, getting course requirements, and books.
Then I saw child sized leg braces and a girls winter jacket, and it made me stop for a minute.
The story became quite clear as to the history of this car.
Young mother and child move from California to New Orleans. She enrolls at Dillards University.
Starts her year of college, buying her books and supplies at the same time caring for her daughter with some kind of leg problem/injury.
At some point, for unknown reasons, her car gets towed. Was it broken? Parked illegally? That I don't know...yet.
Edit: Reason found - bad vacuum lines, bad water lines, burnt crank position sensor and ecu.
It ends up in the tow impound racking up storage fees which the young student was not able to pay.
Eventually the tow company obtains title to the car due to the storage fees and sells it to the junkyard where I found it.
And now its sitting in my driveway...
I'll see if I can find the person to return her items. It's just the right thing to do.
Everybody who threw in a tidbit of advice, thanks. You helped just as much.