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Transient found dead in van in Kalispell

Posted: Jan 02, 2018 4:03 PM Updated:

A homeless man was found dead in a Kalispell parking lot early Monday morning, and officials believe he died about a week before he was found. 

David Martinez of California, 61 years old, was found in his van, which was parked at the Walmart  in Kalispell.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that Martinez was living in the van. 

Employees of the store found the body after they noticed the van had been sitting in the parking lot for quite some time and went to check on it.

Martinez was found frozen inside a sleeping bag.

"At this point we have submitted his blood to the Montana State Crime Lab for toxicology and we'll see what we get back," Curry said. "The cause of death is currently pending but it is a rough time of the year to be homeless in northwest Montana, pretty much anywhere in Montana for that matter, and unfortunately these people fall, often times, on unfortunate circumstances."

Curry says it's unknown how long Martinez had been dead before his body was found, but the death most likely occurred before Christmas.

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