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Man found dead inside car in Somerset County parking lot

HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, NJ, (Somerset County) – Authorities are investigating after a Bridgewater Township man was found dead inside his car at a convenience store parking lot in Hillsborough Township, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

On Monday, June 6, at around 5:17 p.m., police responded to the area of a convenience store on Route 206 in response to a 911 call. The victim, whom authorities have identified as Michael Sokolinski, 28, was located in his vehicle and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene, Taggart said.

The Hillsborough Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to conduct an investigation, Taggart said.

The unattended death remains under investigation by detectives pending an autopsy and toxicology report from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, Taggart said.

All unattended deaths in Somerset County are investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office, and the occurrence of an investigation does not mean that criminal activity occurred or is suspected, Taggart said.

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