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Investigator: Body was found in back passenger side seat

By Jeff Gilliland - jgilliland@timesgazette.com



A man who was found dead Saturday morning in a vehicle at a North Shore Drive business was found in the rear passenger side seat and there was no indication on the body of any trauma, according to Dr. Jim McKown, an investigator with the Highland County Coroner’s Office.

McKown said that 41-year-old John Peacock was found in the rear passenger side seat leaning against a window, and was partially dressed. McKown said that while there was no indication of a needle puncture on Peacock’s body, the case is being ruled a probable drug overdose, at least until toxicology tests come back from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. He said that will likely be six to eight weeks.

A syringe was found about 10 feet from the car, but there is nothing to indicate whether or not it was used by Peacock, according to McCown.

Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said Monday that the case remains under investigation, and a lot depends on the results of the autopsy.

Barrera said that Peacock lived, at least at one time, in Hillsboro. McKown said he found an ID card that indicated Peacock was a one-time resident of Tennessee.

Barrera earlier reported that at 8:23 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office received a call from a business on North Shore Drive regarding a male subject found in a vehicle.

The sheriff said Monday that the body was discovered by an employee who was coming to work at the business.

Deputies arrived at the location and found a male deceased in a vehicle. He was identified as Peacock.

Barrera said Peacock’s body was found in a Pontiac car.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 937-393-1421. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Tip 411.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.

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Investigator: Body was found in back passenger side seat

By Jeff Gilliland

jgilliland@timesgazette.com