12/29/2013 02:44 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Anthony Fernandez, Calgary Man, Identified By Friends As Man Found Dead In Car


A man found dead in a parked car in northeast Calgary earlier this week is being identified as Anthony Fernandez by friends and family.

Police have not confirmed the man's identity, but Global News reports several family members originally reached out through social media to try and locate Fernandez, who was first reported missing Dec. 24.

According to the Calgary Herald, a missing poster with Fernandez's photo and description was shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter before the body was found.

Family members refused to comment when asked by the Calgary Herald.

Police were called to an alley in the 1200 block of Colgrove Ave. N.E. Friday afternoon after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The found the body of a young man inside.

Det. Steve Adair told the Calgary Sun he couldn't pass on details of their discovery, noting only that the body "could have been there for at least 24 hours," but said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Neighbours told the Herald the alley is popular with photographers, but sometimes attracts drug dealers and prostitutes.

“I’m not surprised what goes on in that back alley,” nearby resident George Taylor told the Calgary Sun, adding the car had been sitting in the alley for a couple of days.

I wouldn’t say it’s super safe.”

It's the second suspicious death Calgary police are investigating this week.

In an unrelated death, Friday morning a body was discovered at a recycling facility just east of city limits.

Police believe the man may have been brought into the facility in a recycling truck from Calgary.

The man’s age and identity have not been released and an autopsy is scheduled for early this week.