February 26, 2009
Man Reported Missing For Weeks Found Dead Inside Car......With Seven Parking Tickets Piled On Windshield
Gainesville, Florda (The Weekly Vice) -- Gainsville city officials have had some explaining to do after a man reported missing over two weeks ago was found dead inside his car......a car that was ticket by officers 7 times as it sat unattended.
According to police, authorities became aware of the man’s death when a College Park resident complained Monday about a suspicious vehicle with multiple parking tickets piled on the windshield.
Inside the vehicle, officers found 42-year-old John Waldo.
Waldo, an engineer employed by AvMed, was reported missing on February 11th. He was last seen leaving Calico Jack's Oyster Bar, in Gainesville.
Although the autopsy was inconclusive, coroners have not identified an obvious cause of death. Police also do not believe the death to be a result of foul play, according to Gainesville Police spokesman, Keith Kameg.
Waldo's body was found seated in the backseat of his 2001 BMW 330i.
Gainesville police blamed the vehicle’s dark window tint for the city’s failure to notice a dead man inside the car - even after visiting it seven times to issue tickets.
“Even the person who called this in was not real sure if they had seen him clearly,” said Kameg.
City Spokesman, Bob Woods, joined in the excuse making by pointing out that city workers “are not trained police officers - but work out of the city’s public works department.” Responsibility for issuing parking tickets was transferred from law enforcement to the city’s public works department in January, 2008.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
The Weekly Vice is calling Gainesville city officials out on the carpet on this case. A man is missing for over two weeks while you pile 7 parking tickets on his car? Is anyone else seeing the obvious disconnect here?
Well I'll spell it out for Bob and Keith. The key issue isn't the window tint, it's the failure to handle a missing person's report properly. Those little details are obvious to someone who isn't busy making excuses.
When a person turns up missing, the vehicle they drive is a primary clue in finding them. Missing person cases rely heavily on cops who run routine checks on abandoned cars. Especially one that has 7 parking tickets on it.
Ticketing that car without having the foggiest clue that it belongs to a missing man is inexcusable. It’s not just an oversight, it’s irresponsible government and misappropriated authority.
Had this been a beautiful college girl who was missing, would finding her vehicle have raised an alert?
Every time the city takes over an issue of law enforcement, stupidity is bound to follow.
The Weekly Vice
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