Lacking man discovered shot within the trunk of a automotive in an deserted car parking zone in Moon Twp. – CBS Pittsburgh

MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Detectives are investigating a murder after a Beaver County man who was reported missing by his family Tuesday morning was found dead hours later and in the trunk of his own vehicle in an abandoned Moon Township parking lot.

Police say an emergency call sent Moon Township officials to the crime scene shortly after 12:30 p.m. on University Boulevard and Moon Clinton Road across from Moon Area High School.

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There they found a 28-year-old man dead in the trunk of his car. Allegheny County’s coroner’s office identified the victim as Junaid Akhlas.

(Photo credit: KDKA photojournalist Ian Smith)

The investigators cordoned off an apparently abandoned gas station.

“I just got to work around 11 am and shortly after we saw the police officers show up at the scene. Shortly afterwards we saw them pulling a body out of the car, thinking it was a white car and there was definitely blood on the trunk too, ”said witness Vince Brougher from Moon Township. “It’s moon, you don’t see that often, it’s definitely weird.”

Police said the victim was reported missing around 8 a.m. in Beaver County. Some of his family members were looking for him when they found his vehicle and called 911.

According to the investigators, the victim had at least one gunshot wound to the head.

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KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso spoke to another man who was there when the police made the find.

“I saw two gentlemen leaning against the building,” said Aaron Adkins of Moon Township. “They were desperate, they were crying.”

A Toyota sedan was towed from the crime scene to Allegheny County Police Headquarters.

Investigators from Allegheny County, Beaver County and Moon Township are working together on the case.

Investigators are searching the area and trying to see if there are surveillance cameras in the area.

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No arrests were made.

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