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Serial Dust Cleaner Huffer Dies in TJ Maxx Parking Lot

A man police picked up three separate times for huffing dust cleaner in public has died, making this both the weirdest and saddest sentence you'll read all day.

Patrick Henderson's decomposing body was found lying face-down in the backseat of a Ford Explorer in the parking lot of a T.J. Maxx in Boynton Beach on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Henderson was picked up by police in Delray Beach last weekend and charged with huffing dangerous chemicals in the parking lot of a Staples. Henderson was allegedly huffing Dust Destroyer, an aerosol office cleaner.

Less than 24 hours after being released from Palm Beach County Jail, Henderson hit up a Target and bought himself four cans of dust remover. He then went into the parking lot and was seen huffing the chemicals from one of those cans in his Ford Explorer by several witnesses.

Police were called in, and they found Henderson, high as balls, sitting in the car with a can of 3M Dust Remover in his lap. He was hauled off to jail again, this time being locked up for three days.

Again, according to an arrest report, less than 24-hours after being released, a Boynton Beach police officer who drove past Henderson's vehicle saw him bringing "a white canister to his mouth/nose area."

Once again, Henderson was arrested. Police then found several 10-ounce cans of Office Depot cleaning duster in his car. Henderson was kept locked up until he posted bail on Friday.

Then, on Saturday, an off-duty Fort Lauderdale Police officer walking through the parking lot of T.J. Maxx noticed the distinct and horrible odor of a decomposing body coming from one of the cars at around 3 in the afternoon.

She followed the odor to a maroon 2002 Ford Explorer. She looked inside the vehicle and saw the body of a man lying face-down against the backseat door.

"There were several cans of aerosol dust cleaner throughout the car," said Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.