Published On: Mon, Sep 24th, 2012

Thief looks in abandoned Houston car, finds dead body in the trunk

A passing motorist found a body in the trunk of a car parked in a ditch in northeast Houston, Texas, The Houston Chronicle reported. While it sounds like a Good Samaritan story, he was looking for something to steal.

UPDATE: Man in trunk identified – read more here

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Investigators say the passerby told police he looked through the car for something he could take. Then he grabbed the keys from the ignition to look for stereo speakers in the trunk he could remove.

Instead, when he opened the trunk he found the body. The victim was lying face down and was fully clothed. He appeared to be white and in his 20s.

“At closer inspection, the citizen discovered there was a man who was dead in the trunk of the car,” Jack Harvery of the Houston Police Department told Click2Houston. “At this time, it is not apparent what caused the death of this man. However, given the circumstances of the death and the fact he is in the trunk of the car, it appears to be unnatural.”

The dead man been shot at least once in the chest and his face was swollen and cut as if he had been beaten. A bag of pills was found stuffed inside his pants.

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  1. Donald Michael Lapointe identified as the dead man in the trunk of abandoned car in Houston - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Houston drew some attention this week when the body was discovered by a would-be thief. (Full story here) Donald Michael […]

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