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A man was found dead Friday morning in a parking lot in downtown San Diego’s East Village, and officers later arrested an occupant of a vehicle that dumped the body, police said.

The body was discovered and reported to police around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a parking lot near 16th and Market streets, San Diego police homicide Lt. Jud Campbell said in a news release.

Investigating officers determined the man did not die in that location, but had been dropped off by at least one person in a vehicle, Campbell said. The body did not show obvious signs of trauma, but because of the suspicious circumstances and the moving and dumping of the body, homicide detectives were assigned to the investigation.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the man’s identity, which police did not know as of Friday evening, and how he died, Campbell said.


While detectives were still investigating the death, patrol officers spotted the vehicle that had dumped the body, stopping it about a half-mile away on Commercial Street near National Avenue, Campbell said. Officers detained a 62-year-old man from the vehicle on suspicion of charges related to drugs and mishandling human remains.

The man found dead was described as Black and possibly in his 50s or 60s. He was fully clothed and had a cane near him. Anyone with information about his identity or how and where he died was asked to call the San Diego Police Department homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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