The man who was found dead in the back of a U-Haul van in East New York Monday is believed to have died of a drug overdose, police said.
According to police sources, a still unidentified man in his 30’s was discovered unresponsive inside the back of a 2011 General Motors U-haul van parked on 228 Harley Street. Initial reports indicate that the body showed no signs of trauma, leading police to believe the man died of an accidental overdose.
Upon arrival, police say they found the dead man along with a woman, where they had apparently been sleeping in the back of the vehicle.
“The female that’s with him states that they were partying throughout the evening. At some point that night he snorts something and falls asleep. We do find some Narco packaging next to the body,” Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny told amNewYork Metro.
Chief Kenny said that there was nothing suspicious about the body and that it had no wounds or bruises on it. However, the final determination will be made by the medical examiner.
The man was found by a worker at the location who arrived to ask them to move the van when he saw the body in the rear.
“They were sleeping in the van. When he woke them up, She woke up, he did not,” Chief Kenny said.
Police are currently looking into whether the pair were homeless and living out of the van. Sources familiar with the case state that it is not an uncommon occurrence.
Police say they will also be testing the narcotics found by the body.