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Man, 50, Found Dead in Car in Church Lot

Body was found Thursday afternoon outside St. Irenaeus Church in Rochester Hills; suicide is suspected, police say.

The body of a 50-year-old man was found Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a Rochester Hills church, authorities have confirmed.

The discovery outside on Old Perch was confirmed by Capt. Michael Johnson of the .

The man, who is believed to have committed suicide, was found dead inside his own car, Johnson said.

The discovery happened around 3:30 p.m.

Out of respect for the privacy of the man's family and friends and pending notification of the family, the man's name was not released Thursday night.

CJ Sebert February 03, 2012 at 03:59 AM
This would then explain the helicopters right around that time. Very sad.
Bbaljet February 03, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Please don't dwell on the who, but think about the family. His wife, children, and his parents,and siblings need our thoughts and prayers. So terribly sad.
Brendan February 03, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Why the big secret on the who, big story about to come out on why...cover up
Jeff Smith February 03, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Very sad news. He was a very good person and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kristin Bull (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Hi, Brendan. There is no coverup that I am aware of. The man's name has not been officially released pending notification of family and out of respect for his family and friends. We ask that if readers know this man, they do not name him here. Feel free to contact me personally with any further questions.
Bonnie Kilberg February 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
So So Sad....His family and co-workers will never be the same...they will ask themselves over and over....why didn't I see this???? Why didn't I stop it...Why wasn't I able to help before this happened???? Suicide hurts family and friends even more then a tragic accidental death....May God's arms protect them....
Brendan February 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Just find it ironic media camps outside Bashara house for over a week making speculations and accusations, but when it's one of your own that should be covered in news...silence
David Wegener February 03, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Brenda you are so right. We can only hope the media would learn from this. I would bet you a buck they will not.
Patricia February 03, 2012 at 09:41 PM
A little compassion please, or say nothing. There is pain that caused this and pain left and sorrow left in its wake-My thoughts and prayers are with those effected by this gentlemans passing.
Barbara Krueger February 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Just curious. Jeff Murri the President and General Manager of WJBK TV died suddenly. Same age as this gentleman. So sad.
Al Trudeau February 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
May God be with this troubled soul and especially may He be with the family the man leaves behind to grieve and wonder. Al Trudeau, Oakland Twp.
Sandy Tabacchi February 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
It will be a long time before I can look at the parking lot without thinking of what happened there yesterday. When I first saw the flashing lights and heard the sirens and helicopters I was curious, but now to know that a tragedy occurred there, I can only pray for the family that remains.
Brendan February 04, 2012 at 03:42 AM
David, The Patch wasted no time when this suicide happened earlier in the year in a car to publish photos http://rochester.patch.com/articles/sheriffs-officers-investigating-death-near-rochester-hills-park

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