Man brings dead body to hospital, police say


Published: Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.

Gainesville police late Sunday were trying to sort out a strange incident that began earlier in the day when a man drove up to a hospital emergency room with a dead body in his vehicle.

While detectives interviewed the man at the hospital, investigators were waiting for warrants to be approved so they could search a house in northwest Gainesville, officials said, said GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

The names of the driver and the woman have not been released.

No arrests have been made and GPD is treating the incident as a suspicious death, Tobias said. There were no obvious signs of trauma on the woman's body, and he said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Tobias said that the 46-year-old man arrived at Shands at the University of Florida at around 3:10 p.m. with the body of a 47-year-old female in his 1996 Nissan.

The man was still in the vehicle when University Police Department officers arrived, Tobias said. UPD interviewed the man for about 30 minutes before GPD investigators were called to the scene at 3:46 p.m.

The man, who Tobias said is not being cooperative with police, was being held Sunday night at Shands.

“He's not free to leave, he's being detained but he's not being charged with a crime,'' he said.

Tobias said investigators have determined that the death occurred at 4137 NW 46th Ave. Officers were securing the house Sunday night while investigators obtained search warrants for the car and house.

There was no one else at the residence when police arrived, Tobias said.

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