A man found dead in the back of a pickup truck in downtown Roswell in March died of natural causes, according to a report from the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Sgt. Ron Smith of the Roswell Police Department said Wednesday the report from OMI determined that Kenny Vernon Monarco, 47, of Dulce, died of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.
Monarco’s body was discovered by police on the afternoon of March 29 in the back of an unlocked black 2005 GMC Sierra that was believed to have been parked in the parking lot of Peppers Grill & Bar on North Main and West Sixth streets for two weeks before the body was found.
Police discovered the body while responding to a call from someone in the parking lot who reported smelling a strange odor coming from the vehicle.
Further investigation after Monarco’s body was found revealed the pickup was registered to his mother. Monarco had left Dulce at least two weeks prior for Albuquerque and his family had been unable to determine his whereabouts since he had left.
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