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.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Merced Sun-Star