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Dad who found son’s body: "He was there for 13 days"

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There are new details after a Toledo man is found dead in his truck in Findlay over the weekend. 

The victim's father is upset and asking why no one called police after the truck sat in a McDonald's parking lot for two weeks.

13abc's Christine Long reports on the controversial closure of this missing persons case.

The coroner says the victim 39-year-old Brian Domanski died instantly of natural causes at the beginning of January.  Essentially, it's heart failure.

He wasn't murdered.  He didn't suffer in the cold.

Finding him in his truck sooner would not have saved his life.

However, the victim's father says it is disturbing that Domanski sat there slumped over for so long.

The owner of that McDonald's in Findlay is also speaking out Wednesday evening on behalf of his employees.

Dan Domanski and his wife Pat of Petersburg, Michigan, drove down to Findlay on Wednesday to pick up their son's belongings from police.

"He was a fun-loving kid," says Dan Domanski, fighting back tears, as his wife clutches her son's wallet.

This past weekend, after a ten day search by family and friends, Domanski found his son Brian's body in his truck in the McDonald's parking lot on Trenton Avenue just off of I-75 and across the street from Findlay High School.

"He was down on the seat," says Dan Domanski. "He went down on the seat."

The coroner says Brian died instantly on approximately January 4th.  His left coronary artery suddenly split.

"He was there for 13 days," says Dan Domanski.

Dan Domanski says, after talking to investigators who reviewed surveillance video, that Brian – known as "Shaggy" --- was driving home from work and stopped to use the bathroom at McDonald's.

Brian was a tool and dye maker in Columbus Grove.

He lived in Toledo.

Back on January 13th, his father filed a missing persons report in Toledo.  Police searched Brian's Toledo home but didn't find anything suspicious.

Brian's dad then took matters into his own hands.  That's how he tracked him to this McDonald's parking lot.

"It's very disturbing that McDonald's didn't check the parking lot," says Dan Domanski.

The Owner/Operator of the McDonald's on Trenton Avenue in Findlay released a statement to 13abc.  Al Ball says, "We're shocked at the situation and very sad for the victim and his family. Under normal circumstances we investigate cars that are left in our lot, but in this case the massive snow and cold altered that. Our restaurant team believed that the owner would come back to claim the vehicle once the weather cleared. We're cooperating with the investigating authorities in this matter and defer all further questions to them."

Findlay police did not return our message.

A spokesperson for Toledo Police says his department did everything it could, including putting Brian's picture on social media, searching his Toledo home, and listing him as a missing person statewide.

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