Dead Body Found In Woodland Used Car Lot

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WOODLAND --

Woodland police detectives are trying to determine what killed a man who was found in the back of an SUV that was for sale in a used car lot.

They were called by the owner of Woodland Auto Sales after employees complained of a foul odor coming from the back of the lot. No signs of violence were found but police are waiting for the coroner to determine a cause of death.

"It's an unexplained death, we're going to treat it as if it were a homicide," said Sgt. Brett Hancock of the Woodland Police Department.

RV mechanic Tim Krider works next door, and said he thought the odor came from a dead cat or dog, which sometimes roam the area along East Main Street.

Krider also said there is a lot of activity by transients who frequent the area.

Not knowing if foul play was involved is going to keep Krider on alert, who also acts as a night watchman on the property where he works.

"I'm definitely going to keep my eyes peeled a little more now," Krider said.

Police can't identify the man and hope to hear from someone who knows someone who have been missing for the past several days.

They will also canvas the area for anyone who might have seen people climbing into cars or anything else unusual.

They also say they will check businesses to see if they have any video that might be helpful.

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