Cops trying to identify body in car trunk

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in Tampa are trying to positively identify a dead body that was in the trunk of a car someone drove to the sheriff’s office.

They think it might be the car’s 79-year-old owner, who was reported missing by co-workers Monday.

The sheriff’s office reported that on Tuesday, Henry Hilliard Shell’s 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis was driven to the sheriff’s station with a body in the back. Now they are trying to determine for sure of the body in the back is Shell’s. Deputies did not identify the driver of the car.

The person in the trunk has been dead for some time and will have to be identified through dental records.

Shell is a real estate developer and insurance executive in Tampa.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

 

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