Resident of Arlington group home found dead in vehicle

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A mentally challenged man was found dead Thursday afternoon in a vehicle outside the group home where he lived, police reported.

The man’s name was unavailable late Thursday because his family had not been notified, said Tiara Richard, police spokeswoman.

The man is “believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s” and “believed to have the mental capacity of a young child,” she said in a news release.

Police were dispatched at 3:15 p.m. Thursday to a medical emergency in the 6500 block of El Dorado Drive, Richard said.

“The business at that location is a group home that cares for people with special needs,” she said.

Officers learned that about 9 a.m. Thursday, people from the group home were driven in a Honda CRV to another location for the day. The CRV returned to the group home.

“For an unknown reason, the victim was not dropped off and remained in the vehicle,” Richard said. “When another employee got into the Honda CRV and prepared to pick up the group home residents about 3 p.m., he saw the victim in the back of the vehicle.”

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were conducting interviews Thursday evening, Richard said.

Officers will wait for the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office “to determine the manner and cause of death, and whether criminal charges are appropriate,” Richard said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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