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.