Police received a phone call Tuesday morning about a man that was found unconscious in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix at the corner of Alexander and Leila Drive. After preliminary investigation, however, it has now officially been ruled a homicide. Sergeant Rachel David gave her account of the investigation.
"At the scene they suspected that the victim had suffered a gunshot, but were unable to completely process the vehicle there at the scene, so what we did was a preliminary investigation right there on the scene, documenting evidence, collecting and photographing, and then we moved the vehicle to a forensics lab where we were able to take a much closer look."
At around 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, police released a statement saying this was in fact a homicide.
"Upon that closer look, the investigation revealed that the victim had suffered a gunshot wound and it was classified as a homicide at that time," David said.
Police say as of now there are no suspects, and feel the homicide took place elsewhere and that the car was moved to the location it was found.
"We can say we are pretty confident the homicide occurred in another location and are looking to put those pieces of the puzzle together," David said. "We have a variety of witness statements that place the car there possibly as early as yesterday so anyone who has information in the last 48 hours would all be relevant to this case so we do ask that those tips be called in.
One nearby resident said they found the car Tuesday morning around 7, so the car has been there since well before it was reported. While this is a gruesome act, it is the first homicide in the city of Dothan this year.