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Man found dead in Mercedes filled with chemicals behind Manchester department store named

By Dean Wilkins

A man who is believed to have killed himself behind a Manchester department store yesterday has been named as successful stylist Jay Jennings.

The body of Mr Jennings, 43, of Alderley Edge, was found in a Mercedes parked on the sixth floor of an NCP multi-storey car park behind Kendals at around 10.45am yesterday.

The hairdresser had been missing since last Wednesday and friends had pleaded for him to return safely before he was found in his car with lethal chemicals.

Emotional tributes from friends and family members have been pouring in for the loved and popular man since he was found yesterday.

Sarah Mills Cotterrell said: “My dear, dear friend I will miss you terribly but will never forget the laughs, the fun and your kind, caring heart. Rest in Peace, heaven will be a far more fabulous place with you there. All my love.”

Natalie Shalom wrote: “Darling Jay I just cannot believe I won’t be able to have you by my side with your incredible advice and support, you were my great friend and I loved you, I am so sorry that I was not able to be there for you, all my love.”

Emergency crews arrived at the scene and cornered off several streets surrounding the car park as specialist teams removed the potentially lethal substances, believed to have been powerful anaesthetic chloroform.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been passed to a coroner, where official cause of death will be determined but police are not treating it as suspicious.

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