Police identify man found in trunk, rule death a suicide

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The man whose body was found inside the trunk of a car by his 12-year-old son died as the result of suicide, police said on Tuesday. Police identified him as 50-year-old Hitch Nelson.

Police were called to a parking garage in the downtown area on Friday, April 4, after Nelson’s 12-year-old son located the body.

Just before 3 p.m. Kansas City, Mo., police officers responded to a parking garage at 612 Central where Nelson was located inside of a silver sedan’s trunk. Police said Nelson had been missing for a couple of days.

Police said Nelson’s son, who was looking for a set of car keys, popped the trunk of the vehicle and discovered the body of his father inside.

A person inside the garage when the body was discovered called 911. People who live at nearby lofts say that the parking garage where the body was found is a private one and only residents of the two neighboring loft buildings can get in. They say that it takes a garage door opener to open the gate in order to get inside. They also said the area is typically pretty secure.

“It’s horrible. It’s, it’s terrible. I, you know, obviously I feel horrible that there’s a dead body in there. But, you know, it’s shocking. It’s in our parking garage,” said Josh Evans, who lives nearby.

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