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Body found in car near UP tracks spurs Auburn Police investigation

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A body found in a car Thursday near Downtown Auburn has spurred a police investigation.
Late in the day, Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn said that a joint effort by his office and the Placer County Sheriff's Office was treating the case as a suicide investigation.
The body was discovered Thursday in a black, compact car with California plates that was parked adjacent to the Union Pacific railroad tracks, off Borland Avenue between the Lubeck Road overpass and Placer High School.
The area immediately around the car was blocked off with yellow, crime investigation tape while investigators combed the area over much of the afternoon for potential evidence and photographed the car and contents.
The area is on the outskirts of Downtown Auburn and the Union Pacific track right of way can be driven onto from nearby streets. Trains were allowed to pass while police were at the scene.
"We're investigating the death as a suicide and not releasing any information at this time," Ruffcorn said.
The discovery of the body Thursday came just more than two weeks after a body of a San Francisco man was discovered at the side of Park Street, near Old Town Auburn.
Auburn Police reported that, in the previous incident, 33-year-old Larry Colvin died of a single gunshot wound and the case was being investigated as a homicide. The case involving the Oct. 9 discovery of Colvin's corpse in Auburn was still under investigation Thursday.
Auburn Police were continuing with their investigation into Thursday's discovery. By evening, they had not released information on the identity of the person found in the vehicle or the cause of death.