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26-year-old Hastings man found dead in Cottage Grove

A man found dead in a car at a Cottage Grove gas station has been identified.

Police say 26-year-old Tylor David Johnson of Hastings was found Tuesday afternoon in a car in the Holiday parking lot at 8101 Hadley Ave.

Cottage Grove detectives and the Ramsey County medical examiner continued to investigate the death Wednesday, but it is not considered foul play or suspicious, police Capt. Pete Koerner said. A preliminary autopsy report may be available by Thursday, but toxicology tests will take longer to complete.

A gas station employee said that Johnson’s Pontiac Grand Am had been parked in the lot for more than nine hours. A store employee checked the vehicle about 3:10 p.m. and then called police.

Employees reported that at some point prior to that nine-hour period, Johnson was in the store to buy water and said he wasn’t feeling well, Koerner said.

The vehicle was in a parking spot across from the station’s car wash entrance lane, off to the side of the building. Johnson may not have drawn people’s attention because of the location of his car and the fact that it’s not uncommon for people to pull into a gas station to rest, Koerner said.

Johnson’s body was found in the semi-reclined driver’s seat.

“It would just look like someone was napping in the car,” Koerner said.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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