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Police Find Man Deceased In Vehicle Last Week

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CAROLINA BEACH - A Carolina Beach homeless man was found dead in a car last week. Police report there were no signs of foul play.
An officer responded to a house in the 300 block of Charlotte Avenue on Tuesday May 7 at around 4PM in the afternoon after receiving a call about a man in a car that was unresponsive. The Carolina Beach Fire Department was on scene and informed the officer the person in the vehicle was deceased. Police identified the man as Tony Wray Simpson, age 54.
The medical examiner was contacted and Wilmington Mortuary responded and removed Simpson from the red Pontiac Grand Am that was backed into a concrete parking space at a side apartment. The driver’s side rear window was down and all doors were locked except the passenger side rear door.
According to the police report, the officer observed the victim in the passenger seat of the vehicle leaned to the back left side of the seat with his head leaned back with severe swelling and blood coming from the face area.
There were a handful of burnt old cigarettes in the victim’s lap and hand area. There were empty containers of alcohol in the rear of the vehicle. Officers found no evidence of blood outside of the vehicle or in the immediate area and reported there was no apparent forced entry to the vehicle and "no apparent struggle to assume any foul play."
According to the police report, someone reported that Simpson had been sleeping in the vehicle because he had no place to stay.
A person reported that she had smelled a dead animal smell four a couple of days but thought it might have been a rat or animal under her porch. A dog was seen going up to the car and smelling it several times but the owner thought nothing of it.
The person who called the police reported they walked down the steps and noticed the victim in the vehicle and noticed that he was unresponsive and had a neighbor come over and they called 911.
Police were given Simpson's wallet by another person who said Simpson left the wallet at his house a couple of days before May 7 and was returning it that day.