Man Found Dead In Van Near Casino Wednesday

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A Rim country man was found dead in his vehicle in a vacant field south of the Mazatzal Casino Wednesday.

The body of Parmer Oliver Claunch, 57, may have been in the van from one to three weeks, Payson Police Det. Steve Johnson said.

Johnson said that the man had been living in his vehicle at the location where his body was discovered "for a considerable length of time. He didn't have any residence. He had been employed at Whispering Pines Ranch, but lost his job," Johnson said. "With no source of income, he was living out of his van."

The body was found 4 p.m. Wednesday.

"He was starting to skeletonize; he was badly decomposed," Johnson said. "The initial autopsy reports indicate no foul play, but we may never know the actual cause of death."

Claunch's identification was not released until this morning, when police officials managed to locate and notify Claunch's brother, a resident of Florida.

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