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Police: Body found in car in South City identified as missing St. Charles County man

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Police confirmed car found on Illinois Ave. in south St. Louis belongs to missing St. Charles Co. man, James M. Schroeder (Credit: St. Charles County Police Department) Police confirmed car found on Illinois Ave. in south St. Louis belongs to missing St. Charles Co. man, James M. Schroeder (Credit: St. Charles County Police Department)

SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police have identified the body of a missing St. Charles County man that was found inside his car in south St. Louis on March 1. 

James M. Schroeder, 36, was found deceased inside his 2007 red Nissan 350Z in the 3400 block of Illinois Avenue.

Schroeder was last seen by family members on January 28. Family members told police it was out of character for him to be gone for a long period of time.

Antonio Chalk, who lives nearby, said he came home on March 1 and noticed the car matched the description of the one belonging to Schroeder, so he called police.

"The side windows in the back windows were pretty heavily tinted. I went to the front of the car and I leaned over and I saw him there," says Chalk. 

Witnesses said the car was in the location for weeks as St. Louis City officials issued parking tickets.

Demetrius Poterpollard, resident on Illinois Avenue, said, “That’s crazy. Now, you writing up tickets but you don’t see no body slumped in there. I mean that is what amazes me. There was a couple tickets there. That car had to be there for a while to be parked over there.”

The St. Louis' Treasurer's Office later issued a statement on the tickets:

"Our records indicate that the vehicle in question received one parking ticket on 2/19 for failure to move on a street cleaning day.  We understand the car in question is a part of an active police investigation and our office will refrain from providing any additional comments out of respect for the family of the deceased and the integrity of the police investigation."

Authorities said there were no visible signs of trauma to the victim’s body. Investigators said an autopsy will be conducted to determine how  Schroeder died.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Knobbe at kknobbe@sccmo.org or (636) 949-7900 ext. 4465.

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