Authorities are investigating after a man was found shot to death inside a vehicle in a wooded area of Wakefield.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wakefield Police Chief Richard Smith said in a joint statement that the death appears to be a homicide.
They identified him Wednesday as 30-year-old Jeffrey Raphael of Lynn.
Police received a 911 call at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday from a passer-by who spotted the victim in a wooded area near a residential neighborhood off Sunset Street.
Responding officers found the man dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Ryan said the shooting "does not appear to be a random act of violence."
This article was originally published on April 29, 2015.