SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police closed a Taco Bell restaurant on West Bypass at Chestnut Expressway on Monday morning after a woman was found dead behind the wheel of a car in its driveway. Officers received the 911 call at 7:02 a.m. and found the victim in a maroon Hyundai Elantra.
It appears the driver pulled into the parking lot off Chestnut and came to a stop in the middle of the driveway. A reporter could see blood on the body's shoulder. There was no visible damage to the outside of the car.
Detectives are investigating the death as suspicious, but would not release any details on the woman's injuries. She was not a Taco Bell employee. Her name is being withheld until family is contacted. Taco Bell closed at about 4 a.m. and was not due to open until 10 a.m.
Police questioned witnesses and workers and searched the bushes and grass for any evidence in the area. Police said there was no immediate threat to public safety.