Man dead in his ve­hi­cle at coast­guard car park

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A MAN was found dead in his car at the Townsville Coast­guard car park yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Townsville CIB of­fi­cer-in-charge De­tec­tive Se­niorSergeant Graeme Ea­ton said the man’s death was not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

He said a con­cerned passer-by had called po­lice af­ter notic­ing the man ly­ing across the back seat of a car about 11am.

The 58-year-old man was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Det Sen-Sgt Ea­ton said the car may have been in the car park on Sir Les­lie Thiess Drive for sev­eral hours be­fore the man was found.

He said the man was a lo­cal res­i­dent. Sev­eral wit­nesses at the scene had re­ported see­ing him around the area reg­u­larly.

‘‘He was known to peo­ple in the area, they had seen him around here from time to time,’’ Det Sen-Sgt Ea­ton said.

He said the man’s death was not be­ing viewed as sus­pi­cious and it ap­peared he had died from nat­u­ral causes.

But po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing yes­ter­day.

Det Sen-Sgt Ea­ton said the man’s name would not be re­leased un­til his next of kin could be con­tacted.

It was un­clear whether the man had fam­ily in Townsville or the re­gion.

Det Sen-Sgt Ea­ton said a post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was ex­pected to be con­ducted to­day to as­cer­tain the cause of death.

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