LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A horrifying discovery was made Thursday morning in a quiet New Jersey community.

Authorities in Lincoln Park said they found a dead body stuffed in the trunk of a parked car.

At around 8 a.m., authorities got a tip from a man walking along Ryerson Road that led to police making the grisly discovery inside a 1996 Toyota Camry with New York plates.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said police believe the deceased individual to be a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s.

Residents in the neighborhood were shocked to hear the gruesome news.

“It’s quiet, you can walk here — do anything you want. You know, it’s no problem. Never had a problem in town,” Jim Rafferty told CBS 2’s Mark Morgan.

“It’s a little scary because the body was discovered directly across the street from the middle school that my son will be starting in next year,” Anthony Greco said.

Late Thursday afternoon, police were still gathering evidence from the scene as investigators began to piece together what happened.

“We have a registration on the vehicle and we’re running down the registration as well as leads with that particular individual,” Bianchi said.

The cause of death will be released following an autopsy by the medical examiner.

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