BRISTOL, Tenn. — A police investigation is underway following the discovery Thursday evening of a body in an enclosed car hauler on the campus of the Bristol Dragway.
Bristol Tennessee Police Detective Jared Patrick said his preliminary investigation indicates that the victim inhaled exhaust fumes from a parked car that was operating inside the hauler. Patrick also said police would rule the death a suicide.
Police were called to the scene just after 6 p.m. Thursday. The trailer had been parked in the Hospitality Village lot across from the drag strip complex where the weekly Street Fights competition was taking place that evening.
The Sullivan County Coroner’s Office arrived at the property just before 7 p.m. to remove the body, which would be taken to the Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy, the officer said.
Patrick said that foul play was not suspected although the case is still under investigation.
Bristol Dragway Communications Manager Lynsey Wilson said the organization would not be issuing a comment and all information on the incident would be handled by police.