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Dead Man Found In Wicker Walgreens Parking Lot Identified

By Alisa Hauser | October 18, 2016 4:31pm
 A car in a Walgreens lot at 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave.
A car in a Walgreens lot at 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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WICKER PARK — The man whose body was found inside a parked car in Wicker Park on Monday morning has been identified, officials said.

Sean Quinn, 27, lived in the 2700 block of West Roosevelt Road in the city's Medical District. The cause of his death is pending, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Three of Quinn's friends were gathered around the blue Volvo station wagon Tuesday afternoon and trying to arrange for a towing service to remove the car that Quinn was found in around 9 a.m. Monday.

The friends declined to comment.

The windshield of the car was draped with a white sheet and the car was surrounded by crime scene tape for several hours on Monday, but the sheet and the tape were removed after authorities took Quinn's body away Monday afternoon.

The parked car faces the busy intersection of Milwaukee and Wolcott, where hundreds of pedestrians and cars go by daily.

Officer Laura Amezaga, a Chicago Police spokeswoman, said Quinn was found dead inside the car and that police responded at 9:05 a.m. Monday.

Amezaga said a person saw Quinn in the car and called 911.

Though a sign warns that the parking lot is only for Walgreens customers and that stays are not to exceed 30 minutes, the car was parked there all weekend, according to workers at the drug store.

Chanel Martin, a Google Express worker who operates a kiosk inside of the Walgreens, said that on Saturday, she was looking for a co-worker who was parked in the lot during a break and she peeked into almost every car except the one that the man was later discovered in.

"I wish I would have looked in that car and seen him sooner, maybe I could have helped," Martin said, adding that people in general "need to be more aware" [of each other].

A police source said the man appeared to have been in the car for more than a day.

Walgreens spokeswoman Emily Hartwig-Mekstan said the company is cooperating with the police investigation, but declined to comment further.

On Tuesday, Officer Nicole Trainor, a Chicago Police spokeswoman, said police are treating the incident as a death investigation until further information is obtained from the autopsy.

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