Baltimore Police are investigating the discovery on Tuesday of a body in a van that had been dropped off at a city-owned impound lot by a patrol officer several days prior, police said.
The owner of the 2001 Chevy Astro had reported an "unauthorized use" of the vehicle on Dec. 7, and a patrol officer located the vehicle in the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave. and impounded it on Saturday, delivering it to the city owned lot on Pulaski Highway, said Det. Jeremy Silbert.
An employee of the lot discovered the body — that of an unidentified man — about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Silbert said. There "did not appear to be any signs of trauma on the body," he said.
An autopsy will be conducted by the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause and manner of death, he said, and "all of the circumstances" surrounding the incident will be investigated.
Silbert said those circumstances include whether the van had been searched by police after being discovered on Dec. 17, and whether there was any connection between the owner of the van and the man whose body was found in it.