Police investigating dead body

Taylor police investigate the scene where a dead body was found in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of Lone Star Circle of Care. Photo by Jason Hennington

MAY 28, 8:27 a.m. This story has been updated with new information.

The Taylor Police Department has put a positive ID on a body found Friday morning.

According to Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck, the body, described as a man possibly in his 30s or 40s, was positively identified by fingerprints. The victim was Thomas Daniel Melillo, 33, of Bartlett

Fluck said Mellio’s next of kin lived out of state. Police do not believe this was a homicide.

"After the preliminary results of the autopsy, they indicate it does not appear to be a homicide," Fluck said.

On Friday, May 22, around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a call for a possible dead body found in the parking lot of Lone Star Circle of Care, 610 Mallard Lane, in Taylor. Fluck said a patient parked next to a white 2015 Ford Escape and called police after they saw a person lain in the back seat.

When officers arrived, they found Melillo's body in a state of decomposition. He said the vehicle where he was found had been in the parking lot since Tuesday, May 19.

"We have an idea because of the recording on a nearby business [surveillance video]. It showed the car pulling up on Tuesday with one person, the driver," Fluck said. "The driver pulled up, parked there and that's where the car remained until it was discovered on Friday."

There were no obvious signs of trauma, however the case is still under investigation. An autopsy has been ordered and results can take up to six weeks.

Fluck said the toxicology report could make the difference in this case.

The Williamson County Crime Scene Unit was called to help investigate the scene.

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