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Truck Ticketed Twice In Kalamazoo, Possibly With Deceased Man Inside

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A Richland man’s death is being called suspicious after he was found slumped over inside of his pickup truck in a Kalamazoo residential area Thursday evening.

Jayme Earle, 26, was found after a resident in the area called Kalamazoo Public Safety officers to let them know the truck had been sitting there for a couple of days in an odd location on the street.

Public safety officers were looking to interview parking attendants who had ticketed Jayme’s truck twice over the course of two days without reporting anything suspicious.

The truck was parked in the 200 block of Stuart Avenue, not far from Kalamazoo College.

Investigators aren’t sure what killed the 26-year-old, but say they may know more after toxicology results come back from the autopsy.

Meanwhile, Jayme’s father, Joseph Earle, is coping with the loss of his son.

He says Jayme’s autopsy was completed in Lansing and he was expecting his remains to return Friday.

Joseph tells us Jayme was his middle son and was the light of his life.

“Just a very good person,” said Joseph. “He was my sunshine. I had a lot of posts on Facebook, his friends commenting how much they cared for him. He was the perfect son.”

Joseph is concerned about the fact that the truck was ticketed twice, perhaps without someone checking inside.

“He got these parking tickets on his truck,” said Joseph. “I don’t understand why it took two days for somebody to step up and say something.”

The “Central City” parking attendants work for a company called ABM that works within the city of Kalamazoo.

The company’s website says, “We maximize your parking revenue by keeping a vigilant eye on cash control procedures and expenses.”

Those who live on Stuart Avenue say if Jayme was in the car during the ticketing process, it’s an oversight by the company’s attendants that shouldn’t have happened.

“Whoever was writing the tickets, at least the second ticket, wasn’t doing their job,” said Grahm Foley, a Kalamazoo resident.

ABM did not provide a comment for FOX 17 on the situation as of Friday evening.

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  • Ann Martinez

    My son and I went by that truck twice, and the tickets were NOT on the windshield. Instead they were stuck in the side of the door as if some body was to lazy to get out of their vehicle to put the tickets on the windshield were they were supposed to. If they had put them on the windshield they would have seen the man inside!!!

  • Ann Martinez

    Again I heard the reporters on this story saying that the tickets were placed on the windshield of the vehicle, and this is NOT TRUE!!!!!! They were in the side of the door. I hope someone reads this, and realizes the police ticketer was NOT doing their job properly! If they had put the tickets on the windshield like they should have they would have seen the poor man inside!!!

    • WMUbronco1022

      Central City does the ticketing by Knollwood Park and I have seen the tickets placed in the doors too! Often times they even fall into the street and people fail to get them. I have never seen them on the windshield. Something needs to change about this!

  • Barb

    The cops are lazy and need to have something done to them for not doing their jobs a man was dead for two days in a truck and no one noticed him how did that happen that is the big question??????

  • Robert

    You can die in your truck, or leave a body in Kalamazoo, just don’t park on the streets between 2-6. It’s an ordinance. Posted at city limits, case you missed it

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