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Deceased man apparently died of natural causes

A man found dead Monday in his van at a Santa Nella parking lot died of natural causes, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported this morning.

Richard Wyso, 51, who is believed to have been a transient, is believed to have been dead for several days before his body was discovered Monday night in the van parked in a stall between a service station and a motel, deputy Tom MacKenzie, a sheriff's spokesman, said.

Deputies were dispatched to check on the van after the manager of the service station called to report a foul odor emitting from the van, MacKenzie said.

Investigators said Wyso apparently had been living out of his van for some time.