Dead Body Found In Vehicle In Wakefield

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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.