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 October 1st, 2010  
I-95 rest area in Fort Pierce now open after early morning discovery of suicide by poisonous chemicals in car at the rest area, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
The Fort Pierce rest area of I-95 was opened at noon after the early morning discovery of a car at the rest area in which an Orlando man apparently committed suicide by breathing a mixture of toxic chemicals he had concocted, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

This morning just before 6, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found the car which had been reported as suspicious to the 9-1-1 center. Sheriff's investigators and members of the St. Lucie County Fire District's hazardous materials team were sent to the rest area, just north of Orange Avenue on I-95, Sheriff Mascara said.

After the fire district decontaminated the car, a light-colored Nissan, the body was recovered, and detectives, clad in hazardous materials suits, began their investigation.

"The man is a 49-year-old white male from Orlando," Sheriff Mascara said. "We believe we know the man's identity, and we are now trying to notify next of kin. He left a note on the windshield of the car warning of hazardous chemicals inside the car."

Detectives consider the man's death to be a suicide by toxic chemicals. There will be an autopsy by the Treasure Coast Medical Examiner's Office, said Sheriff Mascara. * * *

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