Police ID man found dead in car with chemicals
Police have identified the man who was found dead with a tub of chemicals in his car on a residential road in Irvington last night.
Officials say John Kelley, who appears to have been in his early 20s, was found in his Jeep Liberty Monday evening. Police say a neighbor made the grisly discovery around 5:30 p.m.
Investigators say it appears the tub contained a mixture of household chemicals that emitted toxic fumes. There was a note on one of the windows that read, ?Call Hazmat.?
Hazmat crews quickly arrived, along with firefighters, officials from the medical examiner's office and a slew of police officers. Osceola Avenue was cordoned off and six nearby homes were evacuated for several hours.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes around midnight.
Police say they're treating the death as a possible suicide, and the investigation is ongoing. They are warning the public that if they see a potential chemical suicide to back away and call authorities.
Experts say death by chemicals is part of a disturbing new "trend" that began in Japan and has spread to the U.S.
Police: Dead man, tub of chemicals found in car