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Police investigate death of man found in parked vehicle

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 13, 2015


Sterling Heights police say they are waiting for a Macomb County Medical Examiner’s report after officers reportedly found a deceased man inside a vehicle parked in a drug store’s lot.

According to police, at around 11:45 p.m. Aug. 12, Macomb County dispatch received a call from a woman about a suspicious incident at a CVS Pharmacy parking lot in the 15000 block of Hall Road, near the corner of Hall and Hayes roads in Sterling Heights.

The woman reportedly told police that she saw two males drag another male out of a vehicle and place him in the backseat of another vehicle. Then the two men left in their vehicle, according to the report.

According to police, the woman said she tried to follow the vehicle as it left, but she lost sight of it.

Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese said police found a male in the backseat who “appeared to be deceased.” Sterling Heights police said in an emailed statement that there “were no obvious signs of foul play observed at the scene.”

“There were no signs of trauma to the body,” the chief added.

Police have identified the deceased man as being 18 years old, though Reese said the man had no identification on him. He said police were attempting to locate family members.

Detectives were able to find and interview the two men who allegedly put the third man in the other vehicle, Reese said.

“They said he has a past history of drug abuse,” Reese said. “When they put him in the backseat of the car, they felt he was still breathing. But that’s up for speculation at this point.”

In the police statement, the cause of death was listed as undetermined. Reese said they have not received any autopsy results at press time, and while Reese said the deceased might have had an overdose, police cannot confirm that.

Reese said police would wait two or three weeks for the toxicology tests to come back, and then they would update the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2800.