VIDEO: Police investigate the scene where a man was found dead in a vehicle in the 2100 block of East Park Street in Arlington Heights.
Arlington Heights police received a report about 3:40 PM Friday of the discovery of an unresponsive male in the trunk of a vehicle in the block of 2100 East Park Street Arlington Heights, IL. Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:40 PM Friday to a report of a body found in a trunk in a car in a driveway on Park Street, just east of Park Street and Phelps Avenue Arlington Heights, IL.
The victim, Scott Verden, 50, was found dead in the trunk of a car parked on the driveway of his parent’s home in the 2100 block of East Park Street. Verden was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:02 p.m. with no signs of trauma.
According to neighbors, police immediately set up yellow crime scene tape.
Firefighter/paramedics left the scene without transporting a victim.
Police blocked off sidewalks and Park Street between Phelps Avenue and Waterman Avenue.
A witness in the neighborhood said that a body was found in the trunk of a vehicle in a driveway on the south side of Park Street. The witness reported the age of the male victim was believed to be in the 50s.
There were no signs of the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) truck or investigators, so apparently no violent crime occurred. However this was not confirmed by police Friday night. Police did say there is no immediate threat to the neighborhood.
Saturday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed there were no apparent signs of trauma. An autopsy was also underway Saturday.
Arlington Heights police investigators on the scene were wearing white protective suits to protect evidence at the scene. A blue tent was also placed over the vehicle, where the victim was apparently found, while evidence gathering and investigation was conducted inside the tent.
A funeral home vehicle arrived about 9:25 p.m.
Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.
The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.
The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.
Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.
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