Coroner IDs body found in Valencia parking lot

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies investigate after a body was found in a Newhall parking lot on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Bobby Block/The Signal

Medical examiners with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the man found unresponsive in a car in a Valencia shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon.

Rey Moldanado Jr., 49, of Valencia, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman with the coroner’s office.

The incident was first reported around 12:45 p.m. Sunday when L.A. County Fire Department personnel responded to the parking lot, near the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road for a person possibly unconscious in a vehicle, according to fire supervisor Melanie Flores.

The call type was then changed to a full arrest, with Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies called in to assist, Flores said.

Lt. James Royal of the SCV Sheriff’s Station confirmed that sheriff’s deputies responded to the location and found a deceased person, referring all further comment to the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau.

Moldanado’s death was attributed to natural causes as of Monday evening, according to a report by the deputy medical examiner.

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