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Published:February 28th, 2009 12:04 EST

BMW with Dead Body Inside Gets Seven Parking Tickets

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A car found in a Gainesville neighborhood with a dead body in the back seat had been ticketed seven times by city parking enforcement.

Police found the body when a resident called authorities Monday afternoon to report the car, which had been parked on the street for days. A preliminary autopsy helped police identify the body as 42-year-old John Waldo, who had been missing since Feb. 11.

City records show the first ticket was issued to the 2001 BMW on Feb. 12, the day after Waldo was last seen alive."

Where`s Waldo? Now we know Waldo`s location, in the back seat of a parked BMW.

I`m aware that meter maids aren`t law enforcement officers, but shouldn`t they be trained to notice a corpse inside a vehicle? There`s something wrong when parking enforcement personnel are so busy trying to meet their quota that they fail to notice a dead guy in the back seat. Wasn`t the stench emanating from the car a dead giveaway that there was something rotten in Denmark?

It`s interesting that the corpse was found in the back seat and not behind the wheel. If Waldo was the victim of foul play you would expect his body to be found inside the trunk. If Waldo was the owner of the vehicle what the heck was he doing in the back seat?

I`m surprised the BMW wasn`t stolen, any luxury car left parked in the same spot for a few days is a magnet for thieves. But I guess a stinking corpse in the back seat is an effective deterrent against theft. Maybe a company should market a fake corpse as a theft deterrent, it might be more effective than an alarm system.

There are too many unanswered questions, I hope WEAR does a follow-up story on this intriguing case.