Man found dead in van |

Man found dead in van

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Police found a Tahoe City man dead Tuesday inside a van at Tahoe Mini Storage on Eloise Avenue. The identity of the 50-year-old man is being withheld until a family member has been notified of his death.

Placer County Sheriff’s Department told police about a missing man Tuesday morning. Deputies told police the man owned a storage unit in South Lake Tahoe but didn’t yet know which one. Around 1:30 p.m., Placer investigators informed police the man’s storage unit was on Eloise. Patrol officers arrived and found a two-toned gray Chevrolet van parked outside unit No. 3. It was locked so police broke into the van through a wing window to check the man’s vital signs. “There was nothing peculiar or suspicious,” said Sgt. Steve O’Brien. “It looks like he went to sleep and died.”

Squaw Valley reported the man a no-show at work on Friday. An autopsy is expected to be performed today. “He’d come on the weekend and sometime stay into the weekdays,” said Richard Boudreau, owner of Apollo Plumbing and Heating, a business across from Tahoe Mini Storage. “He works on cars and putters around a bit. He never came over and said hi. A real quiet guy.”

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