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June 27, 2013

No foul play suspected for body found

Name still not being released by coroner, pending family notification

JEFFERSONVILLE — Clark County Coroner Terry Conway said Thursday that the man’s body found in downtown Jeffersonville on Tuesday afternoon has been identified, but the name is not being released until his next of kin is contacted.

Conway said an autopsy is being conducted by the Jefferson County, Ky., Medical Examiner, but the coroner’s office has not received the preliminary report, which will help in the determination of the cause and time of death. He said the body is believed to be that of a transient, and declined to give an age of the victim.

Conway said he expects to receive additional information from the Medical Examiner’s office Friday, at which time more information will be made available to the public.

The Jeffersonville Police Department is continuing to treat the case as an open death investigation, Detective Todd Hollis said Thursday. Hollis said it doesn’t appear the man was victimized prior to his death, but investigators have yet to rule out foul play.

“They could make no evidence the person was a victim of homicide,” Hollis said of investigators working the case.

JPD responded to the remains that were found behind Hardee’s restaurant near West Court Avenue and Mulberry Street about 3:40 p.m. Hollis previously said the body was discovered by a resident of nearby Beverly Manor Apartments who was walking his dog. The remains were found in a brush area at the base of a small group of trees several feet from an alley directly behind Hardee’s.

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