Police find stolen car of man found dead in South Daytona laundry room

Police say man found with gunshot wound, investigating as homicide

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Police say they have found the vehicle on Tuesday of a 67-year-old man who was found dead in a South Daytona apartment complex laundry room over the weekend.

The neighbor who found Donald Dean Clark on Sunday said he initially thought the victim had fallen and hit his head because there was so much blood.

But South Daytona police have since confirmed that Clark was killed by a gunshot wound and are treating the death as a homicide.

James Benge, the resident who found Clark, said he realized after talking with police "this is so much more" to the case.

"It took me much of Monday to process, and after talking with my coworkers I thought, it could've been me," said Benge.

Clark had reportedly retired recently from a car dealership just up the road. He had purchased his car just a month ago.

On Tuesday, police found Clark's vehicle, a white 2011 Mitsubishi Gallant, which they say was stolen. The car was found by one of the tenants of the apartment complex on South Palmetto Drive, who said the car was unfamiliar and unattended for a couple of days.

The car is being taken to DeLand to be investigated.

"It's so unfortunate," said Benge. "People turn to violence over something like a roll of quarters or a car."

Investigators are following up on tips they've received and attempting to locate any possible surveillance video.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the death to call SDPD at 386-322-3030 and ask for Investigator Zack Pickett or give an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

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