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Coroner: Man likely dead in tractor-trailer for days

A man was found dead Tuesday inside a tractor-trailer that had been parked in a Jackson Township convenience store’s parking lot for several days.

Cambria County emergency dispatchers said state police called in the death about 11:20 a.m., when the body was found at a Sheetz store at 115 Pace St. in the Mundys Corner area.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, but a cause and manner of death were not immediately revealed by Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees.

However, Lees indicated evidence at the site may point to a drug overdose.

“We did find drug paraphernalia near the body,” he said.

The man’s identity was also withheld, though Lees said he appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s. The man also appeared to have been from Oklahoma, Lees said.

The man likely was dead for four or five days before the body was found, Lees said.

An investigation into the death is in its “early stages,” Lees said, adding it is ongoing. An autopsy will be conducted to determine an exact cause of death, he said.

The death comes a day after Lees and his staff held a press conference in Johnstown, where they remarked at the large number of deaths the county has seen already this year.

“Our office has gotten extremely busy over the last two years,” Lees said Monday. “These are challenging times in Cambria County, as everyone knows, with the drug epidemic.”

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