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April 28th, 2008
Preliminary Autopsy Indicates Man Died of Natural Causes

Police have identified a man whose body was found in a truck in a field in the 1500 block of River Road in San Marcos Saturday night as James Roderick Dorman, age 48, of San Antonio. (DOB 06-09-1959).

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Dorman may have died of natural causes, a heart attack, said Sgt. Mike Wellman, of the Criminal Investigations Division. Final results of the autopsy will not be available for several weeks.

A citizen noticed the silver blue 1989 Ford pickup earlier Saturday and called police when he saw the truck still in the field around 7:47 p.m. Saturday night.

When officers arrived, the truck was in gear with headlights on and the engine off.

Officers who discovered Dorman’s body noticed a wound to the man’s left cheek that was identified in the autopsy as a laceration possibly caused during the heart attack.

Police have notified the family of his death. The investigation is ongoing to gather additional details surrounding his death.

By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director

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