A caller informed authorities that while he ate his lunch in the same parking spot he noticed a “strong odor” coming from a nearby 2001 white Ford Expedition. He told authorities he did not approach the vehicle, he presumed the smell was emanating from a dumpster close by.
The body, a white male, was identified as Paul Raymond Thomas, 48, from Jefferson, MD. Due to the state of decomposition it took officials time to identify the remains.
Cause of death is still currently unknown while the medical examiner’s office is waiting for toxicology and blood tests. Dental records were utilized in the identification of Thomas’ body.
He had been reported missing in Maryland in March by his girlfriend. According to a press release from FCSO the girlfriend failed to notify authorities when Thomas returned later in the day. Following that report, March 5, he went to Manassas to visit family.
Authorities were seeking Thomas in Stafford County on charges for failure to appear in court for charges of driving under the influence and felony hit and run.