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Authorities investigating body found in vehicle as suspicious death

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Feb 26, 2020

ROY, Utah — Police are investigating what they describe as a “suspicious death” after the body of a woman was found inside a van.

Investigators with the Roy Police Department say they were called to a strip mall parking lot near 5600 South and 1900 West around 1:00 p.m. for a report of an unconscious woman.

When they arrived, they found a 42-year-old Hispanic woman dead inside the van.

“It’s unusual. It’s not unheard of, but it’s unusual,” said Officer Josh Taylor of the Roy Police Department. “There was nothing that would indicate this was some violent crime that took place in the parking lot.”

So far, police have few clues as to how the woman died or how long she was in the parking lot before being discovered. Investigators hope surveillance video from surrounding businesses will help piece together a timeline.

“If we have surveillance footage, that tells us who was near the car, who wasn’t near the car, hopefully, what happened,” Taylor said. “Fortunately, we have a lot of resources and there’s a lot of people. It’s a busy area.”

The Weber County Homicide Task Force is assisting the investigation. The van where the woman was found will be searched by crime scene investigators.

"They can be very difficult cases,” Taylor said. “We are making sure we check every avenue and make sure there is nothing more to this than what it is.”

The identity of the woman has not yet been released.

It’s believed she lived in the Weber County area.

Police say there is not a threat to the public.