UPDATE: Deputies have identified the dead man as Emmet John Ernenwein, 42, of Holly Springs.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sheriff’s deputies on Friday discovered a man dead inside his van along Edwards Road in southern Lee County, The Rant has learned.

Deputies didn’t identify the man, but said he was from Wake County and homeless. He had apparently been living in the van.

“He’d made it look like the van was broken down on the side of the road, and he was in the back,” Captain Jeff Johnson of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday. “He’d been there for two or three days.”

According to Johnson, the man had apparently absconded from probation. Although deputies found no indication of foul play, Johnson said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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