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Body discovered in van parked in Ahwatukee Foothills

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Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 2:24 pm

A man's body was discovered Monday morning in a van that was parked at an Ahwatukee Foothills business complex all weekend.

There were no signs of foul play in the incident, although homicide detectives reported to the scene as a routine matter, said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Bryant Rockwood.

Employees who worked at the office complex at 14647 S. 50th St. noticed a 1990s model Dodge van parked near businesses on Friday, Rockwood said. They thought it was suspicious, but went about their business and left for the weekend.

When the employees returned Monday morning and found the van parked in about the same spot, they called the police, Rockwood said.

Investigators discovered a man lying down in the back of the van.

"There were obvious signs he had passed away," Rockwood said. "He had been passed away for a little bit of time, and then with the heat, there were some signs of decomposition."

Police were able to determine the van's owner and discovered heart medication in the owner's name in the van. They suspect the van's owner is the same person who was found in the vehicle, but have yet to positively identify him or talk to the next of kin, Rockwood said.

At this point, police don't know if the man died of a heart condition, succumbed to the heat or passed away due to another cause, Rockwood said.

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