Mar 16, 2012 10:20 PM by Nancy Chen

Dead man found in car at Cal Poly is 18-year-old student

A body was found inside a car in the parking lot outside the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly late Friday afternoon.

Cal Poly police confirm it was an 18-year-old male student.

A construction worker discovered the body around 3 p.m. when he noticed the man unresponsive in the car next to him. Also inside the car was a homemade sign on the steering wheel warning of hazardous material.

Police say they have no idea how long he had been inside the car by that point. Cal Poly police were immediately called to the scene, but an officer who tried to go inside the car had to close it because of hydrogen sulfide gas.

Bill Watton, the chief of Cal Poly police, said he could not confirm or deny it was a suicide but that they could rule out foul play.

However, David Ragsdale, the director of Environmental Health and Safety at Cal Poly, said hydrogen sulfide is commonly used in suicides.

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