Jackson Police Lt. Tyreece Miller, commander of the Violent Crimes Unit, said the Jackson Police Department received a call around 8:30 a.m. Monday from a concerned citizen.
"The citizen said they saw a car, a maroon 1985 Pontiac Bonneville, on the parking lot (behind Whitehall Pre-K Center, located at 532 Whitehall St.) and thought it looked suspicious," Miller said Monday morning.
The body of a white man, believed to be in his 20s, was found inside the car and Miller said police do not believe the man was killed on the parking lot. His identity has not been released.
"We do believe the car was here for 24 hours before we were called to the scene," Miller said.
Miller said the pre-K center was placed on lockdown and said the principal told him the lockdown would end once police had left the scene.
Because of the cold weather and the possibility of rain, the car, with the body inside, was towed to the evidence bay at the Jackson Police Department to be processed, Miller said.
Miller said he could not comment on how the man had been killed and that more information would be released later Monday. Police were on scene for about two hours.
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at 424tips.org and click on “web tips”.