Hopkins, 59, Found Dead Near Salem Tavern

Hopkins, 59, Found Dead Near Salem Tavern


A 59-year-old Salem man was found dead early Sunday morning in his car parked at a local tavern. 

Police confirmed no foul play was suspected. 

According to Washington County Coroner Peggy Schell, Harold Lee Hopkins Jr, 59, Salem was discovered just before 9a Sunday morning. 

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Officers from the Salem Police Department were called to Luke’s Tavern, on Salem’s West Side at 8:55a. Washington County EMS was also called out. 

On the way, officers were advised Hopkins was dead and asked to call Schell to the scene.

Once Schell arrived, she proceeded with her investigation and took possession of the body. 

Witnesses said Hopkins had been drinking in the tavern and had been asked to go to his vehicle and rest. 

“He had his keys with him and he was in the back seat of his blue Suburu,” said Schell. “He had laid down in the back to rest.”

Schell said Hopkins Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was not known and the reports are pending. She also did not release a cause of death, pending further results.