Man and dog feared dead for days found in truck outside PetSmart: Police


A man and a dog were found dead in a truck outside a pet store in Indiana, police say.

The Greenfield Police Department (GPD) said in a Facebook post that the bodies were found outside a PetSmart on Barrett Drive around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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An image of a police car. Outside a pet store, officers found the bodies of a man and a dog believed to have been in a truck for days.
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Detectives have since launched an investigation into how the man and dog ended up in the truck.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), there are 22,077 open missing persons cases, with some 600,000 people reported missing in the United States each year.

NamUs said 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered each year, with around 1,000 still unclaimed after 12 months.

In a press release on Tuesday, a GPD spokesperson said: “A person walking by the truck noticed the man inside and called 911. Officers arrived and realized the man had been in the truck for possibly a few days and was obviously dead, a dog was also found dead in the truck.

“Due to being in the truck for what appears to be a few days, detectives and the Hancock County Coroner’s Office will be working to determine the cause and manner of death. Video footage from nearby businesses will help determine when the man arrived in the parking lot.

“The man will be identified once his family has been located and notified of his death.”

Police added that there did not appear to be any foul play and there was no threat to the general public.

Anyone who was near or in the PetSmart parking lot over the weekend and has information is asked to call Detective Lt. Nathan Garner at 317-477-4410 or email him at [email protected] greenfieldin.org.

Newsweek has contacted the DPG for comment.

Human remains are regularly found in the United States, with several bodies being discovered in populated areas.

An investigation was launched on September 5 after a body was found inside a vehicle in an Arkansas Walmart parking lot. The body was discovered to be that of a 50-year-old white man, police said.

A woman’s decomposing body was found among trash on Chicago’s South Side in August. The body was initially believed to be that of a man in his 40s, but it was later confirmed to be a woman.

Another body was discovered decomposing inside a vehicle at a car wash in Kentucky after officers in Lexington were alerted to a foul odor on August 1.