Body found in missing person's car

Police respond to the scene at the Lakeland Hills Community Center. (KOMO News photo)

AUBURN, Wash. -- Family members of a missing Auburn man tell KOMO News they're trying hard not to think the worst after a body was found inside his car.

Hector Galeano’s mother told KOMO News that her family is praying the body found is not Galeano's. They are a family of faith and believe God is in control, she said.

A small group gathered in the parking lot Thursday night to lay flowers near the spot where Galeano’s car was found.

"Hector was full of life and generous," his mother told KOMO News via Facebook from California. "He loved with force and made everyone laugh. he was the best brother to his siblings and a great son.”

Auburn police found a body in Galeano’s car just one day after his dad reported him missing, they said.

"There are two things here that we still have to find out: Number one, the identity of the deceased in the car. And two, how the person died," said Commander Mike Hirman, Auburn Police Department.

Galeano was last seen on Monday, family members and friends said. No one’s heard from him since.

Someone from the Lakeland Hills Community Center called police Thursday morning about a suspicious car that was parked in the back parking lot with its truck open, police said.

Officers lifted a piece of carpet that was sticking out the back and found a body inside, they said.

Investigators spent hours searching for fingerprints and taking photos of the scene before the medical examiner arrived to take the body away.

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