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Body from car crash spotted by motorist 2 hours after officers arrived on scene

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The body of a Massachusetts man killed on Christmas Eve went undiscovered by police for nearly two hours until he was spotted by a passing motorist.

Canton Police found an unoccupied vehicle at the crash site on Monday morning, with Canton Deputy Police Chief Helena Rafferty claiming the officers believed the driver may have fled the scene on foot.

After investigating, the vehicle was towed, and a tree involved in the crash was cut down by the Department of Public Works.

“They blocked the whole street off,” Joan Sylvester told Boston 25 News. “Many, many cars, many police cars, they were all lined up.”

Through the entire process, officers, tow crews, neighbors and public works officials failed to spot the body, which was wearing dark clothing.

They scoured the whole area they were looking in everybody’s cars,” Sylvester said. “They came in here, they went next door and they went across the street. They thought he fled.”

Not long after, a nearby resident found the body, which was initially mistaken for debris.

“Although we wish we located him earlier, we do not believe it would have changed the outcome at all,” Rafferty said.

The drive has been reported to be a 30-year-old man from Dedham.

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