Police Seek Identity of Man Found Dead in Abandoned Gas Station

Concord police canvassing for witnesses, including talks with homeless people who camped out at former Beacon Station on Monument Boulevard.

In a continuing homicide investigation, Concord police Wednesday were still searching for clues to the identity of a person who died in an abandoned gas station on Monument Boulevard Tuesday.

“We’re talking to everybody in that area,” said Lt. Garrett Voerge Wednesday morning. “Everybody” in this case includes homeless people, some of whom were camped out inside the former Beacon station in the days leading up to Monday evening, Voerge said.

Police are awaiting an autopsy report from the Coroner’s Division of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department to get a better idea of time and cause of death.

Police have declined to say whether the victim was a man or a woman.

There was ragged bedding in a corner of the parking lot and within the garage bay of the former Beacon gas station. The coroner’s staff brought the body out from the former garage bay Tuesday.

Police responded to a call about a possible body at the station at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. They arrived to find the victim dead inside the building, said Voerge, and detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene.

The station is surrounded by a fence, but there is a hole in one place where the homeless come and go.



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