Hazmat, bomb squad investigate car, dead body

ESSEX, Md. - A dead body in a car and suspicious notes caused the bomb squad, hazmat units and Baltimore County police to swarm an Essex neighborhood Saturday morning.

A police spokesman says that around 9:53 a.m. an officer on patrol  looking for a missing person spotted a black Chevy Blazer with a man inside at Crossroads Circle and Williams Court in Essex. The officer knocked on the window but the man was unresponsive.  It was later determined that the man was dead.

The officer then noticed three hand written notes in the car warning of danger in the vehicle.  

Suspecting that there might possibly be a hazardous material involved, the officer backed away from the Blazer and called for additional resources.  The Baltimore County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team along with the Baltimore County Police Department's Hazardous Devices Team responded, set up a safe perimeter, and began an investigation. 

The body of a man was later removed from the vehicle and taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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