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Keyword: accidental death

Around 8 p.m. July 11, 2018, Johnnie Russell Gobeli, 94, of the 8400-block of Kings Ridge Road, 21234 was reported missing to the Baltimore County Police when his son found his father's vehicle parked and running in the single-car garage of his home, with groceries still inside the vehicle. An extensive search of the home and surrounding area was conducted that evening, but officers were unable to locate the missing man. The following morning detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit responded to the missing man's home to investigate further, where they discovered the body of Gobeli concealed nearly completely under his car inside the small garage. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Their investigation has lead detectives to believe this incident is an accidental death and that Gobeli may have become wedged underneath the vehicle and unable to get out after sliding under it to check on a mechanical issue. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 

UPDATE (June 12, 2018 1:48 p.m.):

Detectives have positively identified the man found dead behind a dumpster at Eastpoint Mall yesterday morning as Ronald Rek Killmon (51) with a last known address in the 8400 block of Kavanagh Road, 21222. The cause and manner of his death remain undetermined pending autopsy.

Original Release (June 11, 2018 4:07 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating after a body was found behind a dumpster at Eastpoint Mall this morning.

Police responded to the scene behind the Kool Smiles Dental Office at 7839 Eastern Avenue, 21224 around 8:46 a.m. for a call of a cardiac arrest when the body was discovered. Homicide detectives were called to the scene after the victim, an adult man, was found to have suffered some type of trauma to the upper body. The preliminary investigation indicates that the death may have been due to a non-criminal event that caused a fatal injury. The final determination as to cause and manner of death will be made following an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit will continue to investigate this incident.

Revised June 27, 2017