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Post office death was from natural causes
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Published: 10/2/2009 12:04 AM

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A Des Plaines man found after three days in a car in the U.S. Postal Service's Palatine Mail Processing Center parking lot died of a heart attack, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Thursday.

William Miller, 62, had worked for the post office for 42 years, said postal service spokesman Tim Ratliff. Miller reported for the night shift at 10:30 p.m. Sunday but said he didn't feel well and was released to go home.

His car was parked far from the building against the fence in a fence-in lot, and it was Wednesday before another employee noticed him and called 911, Ratliff said. About 1,300 workers staff the facility 24 hours a day seven days a week, making it possible not to notice a car that hasn't moved in a couple of days.

"Postal workers are a close-knit family," Ratliff said. "Our condolences go out to the family and to all the employees who work at that facility."