Body found in parking lot on Hardy Road in Vinton

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VINTON, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A body was found in the parking lot of a store on Hardy Road in Vinton early Friday, police said.

Police were dispatched to the store, located at 901 Hardy Road, at 1:43 a.m., according to a release from the Vinton Police Department.

Upon arrival, the Vinton First Aid Crew found a man lying in the parking lot who was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A representative of the medical examiner’s office responded to the scene, and the body was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Northside Drive in Roanoke to determine a cause of death, the release stated.

Preliminary findings indicated the man had been shopping in the Lakeside Plaza Kroger prior to his being found unresponsive in the parking area.

The identity of the man is being withheld until next of kin can be notified, the release noted.