Man found dead in IMS parking lot identified

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Man found dead in IMS parking lot identified


Man found dead in IMS parking lot identified


The man whose body was found Monday afternoon in one of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway parking lots has been identified as a 38-year-old Illinois native who had attended the Indy 500 for 21 years.

Adam Melchi’s body was discovered by campers in Lot 2 who had stayed the night after the Indianapolis 500. Speedway police said the campers called police around 1:45 p.m. The lot is located on Georgetown Road across from Gate 6.

Melchi’s widow, Sarah, told the Indy Star that her husband had no serious medical conditions, and he went to the race with the same group he had traveled with before. Adam Melchi had five children, Sarah told the Star: two with his ex-wife, a step-child and two children with Sarah. Their youngest is 5 months old.

Police have said they do not believe Melchi’s death was suspicious, but the cause is under investigation. Near-record-high temperatures just missed the  race day record set in 1937, according to the National Weather Service. IU Methodist Hospital and IMS reported more than 200 people were treated for heat-related illnesses on Sunday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Melchi’s family and can be found here.