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UPDATE: Yellow Cab of Iowa City releases statement after death of driver

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

UPDATE: Yellow Cab of Iowa City has released the following statement after the death of their driver Ricky Ray Lillie:

"Our entire Yellow Cab of Iowa City family wishes to thank our customers, vendors, Iowa Citians, and others for their numerous expressions of sympathy and support after the senseless death of our driver, Ricky Ray Lillie.

Ricky was an experienced driver who was friendly to his passengers, supportive of his co-workers, and well-liked in our company. He conducted himself with great professionalism and enjoyed his work. A nicer, more genuine guy cannot be found. His loss under these circumstances has left a large void in our company that we are only beginning to address."

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A Yellow Cab driver was found dead inside a taxi early Wednesday morning in Iowa City. Police are now investigating the incident as a homicide. They say Ricky Ray Lillie, of Iowa City was found slumped over in his car. 

A co-worker found him while doing a welfare check just before 4 a.m. 

It happened in the 1100 block of South Riverside Drive near Alexis Park Inn & Suites. 

We spoke with the General Manager of the hotel and they tell us the building it happened near is a separate apartment building not associated with them. 

Sgt. Scott Gaarde with the Iowa City Police Department explains why they believe the death is suspicious. 

"Based on the location, based on obviously the unattended death and then the way the body was found that's why were treating it as suspicious at this time," he says. 

Alexandr Kurtz lives inside the apartment building right by the scene, he tells us he didn't hear or see anything until he noticed the police tape this morning. 
  "I was very confused I was like what's this doing here what's going on," he says. 

Responders covered the taxi area with a tent and tarps as they worked to remove the body. 

Sgt.Gaarde says it's too early in the investigation to say much. 
  "Obviously we need to determine what we have and from that point the most important part is obviously determining the identity of the deceased person and notifying his or her family," he told us. 

Police do not believe there is a threat to the public. 

Kurtz tells us despite living close to the scene, he is not scared. 

"I know nothing about it, I'm not involved in the incident so I don't see myself as being in any sort of danger," he says.. 

A K9 from the University of Iowa Police Department was on scene at one point, as well as several ICPD officers and firefighters. 

In addition to the emergency responders and investigators the Johnson County Medical Examiner and Johnson County Attorney where on scene. 
If you have any information on this situation police ask that you reach them at 319-356-6800. 

    
    

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