Stab wounds on dead man likely self-inflicted

A dead man found in a gas station driveway likely died of self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said Wednesday.

An earlier version of this story said authorities announced this information Thursday. It was Wednesday.

Police first suspected Richard Swartz, 66, whose last known address was in Costa Mesa, was murdered.

His body was found in an Mobil gas station driveway at Lincoln Avenue and Sunkist Street in Anaheim on March 19, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.

He was pronounced dead 30 to 45 minutes later at an area hospital.

Based on evidence and the autopsy, police determined Swartz most likely killed himself, Dunn said.

Although his last known address was in Costa Mesa, it was possible Swartz was homeless at the time of his death, Dunn said.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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