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Amazon driver found dead near truck after possible dog attack

By Skyler Hill and Rebekah Riess, CNN Business

Authorities in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, have launched an investigation into the death of an Amazon delivery driver after he was found dead with possible dog bite injuries.

Officers were called to the scene at around 7 p.m. Monday after they were told an Amazon delivery truck had been parked in front of a residential house for several hours.

Authorities discovered the driver’s remains, a German shepherd and a mastiff behind the gate of a fence located near the delivery truck. The owners of the home were not present at the time, according to Ray County Sheriff Scott Childers. The county is located about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

One of the deputies shot and injured one of the dogs. The two dogs ran into the home, according to the sheriff. Once Childers arrived on the scene, he walked into the house and the dogs remained aggressive toward him.

“They continued to be aggressive, and I had to kill them,” said Childers.

All evidence on the scene was collected, including the driver’s remains and the two deceased dogs. An autopsy and necropsy will be performed on the driver and the dogs within the next coming days, according to Childers.

It’s not clear if the dogs caused the death of the unnamed driver, but Childers noted the driver’s remains had extensive injuries.

“We do not know the cause of death yet, but the Amazon driver did have a substantial amount of damage to his body very similar to that of canine bites.”

Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski offered her condolences for the driver and his family.

“We’re deeply saddened by tonight’s tragic incident involving a member of our Amazon family and will be providing support to the team and the driver’s loved ones,” she said. “We are assisting law enforcement in their investigation.”

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