Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a vehicle in the Bolivar Walmart parking lot Sunday morning, June 30.

According to Bolivar Police Department's Lt. Roger Barron, a passerby found a 54-year-old man in a vehicle in the 2400 block of South Springfield Avenue at around 9:30 a.m.

A BPD news release said the initial call reported an unconscious person in a pickup truck in the parking lot.

The passerby said it appeared the man was not breathing.

"A cause of death has not been established, and further investigation is ongoing," Barron said. "An autopsy will be conducted to assist with determining the cause of death."

Barron said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

"Investigators estimate that the man had been deceased for at least 48 hours," the release said.

While determining the cause of death depends on various factors, Barron said autopsies are usually completed within a week, identifying a preliminary cause of death.

However, he said an official report could take weeks to be released.

Notifying next of kin, interviewing witnesses, filing subpoenas for and examining medical records and getting toxicology results can take a substantial amount of time, Barron said.

"With it being a holiday week, that could cause a delay," he added. "If everything lines up, it could go fast."

The release said next of kin had not yet been identified.

The BH-FP will release more information as it becomes available.

Editor's note: The age of the victim was updated Tuesday, July 2, per new information from the Bolivar Police Department.

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