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Decomposing body found in West Hartford car

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Body found at West Hartford Red Robin

WEST HARTFORD – Police are investigating the discovery of a dead body in a car outside the Red Robin restaurant near Best Buy at the Corbin’s Corner shopping center.

A call came in to police at about 4 p.m. Sunday from a shopper who reported a foul odor and possible body.

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Body found at West Hartford Red Robin

Detectives investigated a red two-door Honda Civic with Georgia plates.

West Hartford forensics experts collected evidence from the body found inside the car.

The state’s medical examiner’s office arrived on scene at 10:15 p.m. It is unclear how long the body has been in the car.

A person was reported missing weeks ago who was connected to the same vehicle, police said, and they are investigating that was a lead.

“It’s an active investigation,” said West Hartford Detective Sergeant Eric Rocheleau. “It is suspicious in nature, as far as we’re concerned. Because I don’t know what happened to the party in the car.”

“Obviously there’s a million different reasons that person could have ended up there,” Rocheleau said. “It could be a medical condition, it could be a suicide, it could be a murder.”

“All I’m saying is that car was involved, was reported, as being missing, along with a person connected to that car,” he said.

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