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Moorhead police investigating death of man found in crashed stolen car

Moorhead Police Officer Deric Swenson secures the scene with tape Tuesday near a fatal vehicle accident in south Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MOORHEAD - Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a crashed stolen car Tuesday afternoon in south Moorhead.

According to Moorhead Police Sgt. Deric Swenson:

The Nissan Maxima was discovered in a grove of trees next to Drywall Supply Central at 3003 41st St. S., near the intersection of 34th Street South and Old Highway 52 in Moorhead's industrial park.

Employees at the business reported finding the car about 1 p.m. Tuesday after noticing a hole in a fence and seeing the car on the other side. It wasn't clear whether the hole was related to the crash.

Skid and tire marks indicate the car drove off 34th Street South and across a grassy patch before ending up in the grove of trees with tall grass around it, obscuring it from view.

The car involved was reported stolen out of Dilworth after 2 a.m. Tuesday, Swenson said.

"The driver has been here for a period of time," he said. "We don't know the exact time that the crash occurred, but this accident did not occur recently."

The Dilworth Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Office were assisting with the investigation, and Swenson said police hope to have the State Patrol on scene Wednesday to help with the crash reconstruction.