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Body found in back seat of parked car in Schenectady

Body found in back seat of parked car in Schenectady

An autopsy is expected to be conducted Friday on the body of a man found dead Thursday morning in a
Body found in back seat of parked car in Schenectady
Schenectady District Attorney Robert M. Carney talks with police detectives on Barney St. where a man was found dead in his blue Acura on Thursday morning. Police at this point were waiting for a search warrent to enter the car. No other details until ...
Photographer: Marc Schultz

An autopsy is expected to be conducted Friday on the body of a man found dead Thursday morning in a car parked in the Vale neighborhood, police said.

Police went to the scene after receiving a call at 8:18 a.m., police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.

The body was found upright in the back seat of an Acura parked on Barney Street, between Close Street and Daggett Terrace.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, McCracken said. Police waited to remove the body until a search warrant could be obtained. It was finally removed in the afternoon, and there still were no obvious signs of trauma, he said.

The autopsy is expected to determine the final cause of death and whether a crime was committed, he said.

Police had the car surrounded by police tape throughout the morning. A blue tarp was erected to block the view of those from Close Street. From Daggett Terrace, the car could be seen parked on the south side of the street, in front of a fire hydrant.

A police evidence technician could be seen apparently checking around the rear car door for fingerprints.

Barney Street is a little-traveled road off Close Street on the west end of the Vale neighborhood.

A Daggett Terrace resident who declined to give her name said she walked that way apparently minutes before the call was made to police. She said none of the cars on the street caught her attention.

At the scene Thursday morning, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney called the autopsy “the next, most important step.” He declined to characterize the incident other than calling it an unattended death.

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