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Businessman shot in head, police say

DULUTH - A Stone Mountain businessman found murdered in his vehicle on Valentine's Day died of a gunshot to the head, an autopsy confirmed Tuesday.

The findings are what friends and family of Marc Stewart, 39, had feared.

Stewart was last heard from Wednesday night, when he called his girlfriend while on his way home from work in Marietta. Three days later, two diners at a Bahama Breeze restaurant on Breckinridge Boulevard in Duluth found Stewart's body inside his Ford Explorer and called police.

The two women parked next to Stewart, who they thought was sleeping, and later called police when they blared the horn of their Honda Civic and he didn't respond, according to a police report.

Stewart was president and CEO of Island Coast Entertainment, a marketing and promotions agency for Caribbean and hip-hop acts staging events in metro Atlanta. He left behind a longtime girlfriend with whom he had a 2-year-old daughter, a family friend said.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said investigators are working to develop leads in the case, while a motive and the circumstances surrounding Stewart's death are unclear. No information as to the identity of any suspects could be released.

Spellman said it's not clear how long Stewart's vehicle was parked in the lot before being discovered.

Stewart's acquaintances fear he was the victim of a random act of violence, possibly robbery. His debit card and cell phone were taken and used by someone other than him in recent days, a friend said this week.