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Man dead in portable toilet homeless since 2010

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Police say a man whose decomposed body was found inside a portable toilet at a Lake St. Clair boat launching site had lived on the streets since losing his home to tax foreclosure in 2010.  

St. Clair Shores police say Gary Szarek was a former resident of nearby Grosse Pointe Woods.

His body was found April 19 and investigators identified him last week. Family members tell the Detroit Free Press he had little contact with them in years.  

Autopsy results found Szarek died of hypothermia.   Police say Szarek used the toilet for shelter during the frigid, snowy winter.

In his wallet, police say they found $146 and several Mega Millions lottery tickets.   The Macomb Daily says Szarek's father, who died earlier, had lived with his son in Grosse Pointe Woods.


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