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UPDATE: Westridge death believed accidental

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Posted: June 25, 2012 2:23 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2012 6:15 p.m.
 

 

A man found dead with his dog in a car in a West Side parking lot Sunday is believed to have died accidentally, a Coroner’s Department official said Monday.

The man, identified as 50-year-old Gregory Thomas Moore, and his dog were both found dead in the car shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

“The death is a suspected accident,” said coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie.

Investigators discovered the body inside the car with the windows completely up on a day when temperatures reached nearly 90.

“We’re treating this at the moment as possibly accidental. It was a very hot day Sunday,” MacWillie said, adding investigators are still looking into Moore’s death.

Toxicology test results have not been returned yet, MacWillie said Monday. Those tests should indicate whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the death and help investigators answer questions such as why Moore didn’t roll down the windows as the car heated up.

Moore lived on Silver Aspen Way with at least two other relatives. He would have turned 51 in September.
Homicide detectives were called to a parking lot on Silver Aspen Way in Westridge shortly after 4 p.m., said Lt. Tom Bryski, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The parking lot was part of the apartment complex on the northwest corner of Valencia Boulevard and The Old Road.

jholt@the-signal.com
661-287-5527

 

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