The man found dead inside a car on Barney Street Thursday died of heart failure as the result of a pre-existing condition, police said Friday, citing preliminary autopsy results.
Toxicology results remain pending, but there were no signs of foul play, police said in a news release. The investigation is continuing.
Police were directed to the body by a phone call just after 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
The man’s body was found in the back seat of an Acura on Barney Street, near Close Street.
Police secured the scene, got a search warrant for the car and preserved potential evidence pending the autopsy results.
The man’s name was not released because his death was not the result of a crime, police said.
Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett said they are awaiting the results of tests to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved in triggering the man’s heart failure.
Police also continue to investigate the events surrounding the apparent abandonment of the man.
Bennett said the man was seat-belted into the back seat of the car. The car belonged to the man, Bennett said.
Bennett said investigators know who the man was with in the hours before his death and are conducting further interviews. One possibility is that those he was with abandoned him after he died, Bennett said.
Bennett said they’ve looked at the statutes regarding the abandonment of bodies and don’t believe they fit in this case.