The identity of a man has still not been confirmed even though the body was found in late May in a vehicle in a parking lot near Wal-Mart.

A preliminary autopsy was conducted on the man’s remains on June 2, but that did not confirm his identity, so a DNA test became necessary, North Platte Police Chief Steve Reeves told the Bulletin. That process required DNA samples to be gathered from relatives of the suspected victim.

The remains were found on the afternoon of May 28, when police were contacted by a man who was concerned about a Jeep that was parked in the same parking lot space for some time.

The concerned citizen reported an odor from the vehicle. Police arrived for a welfare check and found the man’s body in the back of the Jeep. The Jeep was registered to an owner in North Platte.

Reeves said nothing at the scene or in the autopsy leads investigators to suspect foul play was involved, but the man’s identity is still unclear.

The full results of the autopsy probably won’t be known until mid-July, he said.

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