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Man found dead in tent near 11 Mile and Mound

March 18, 2013

WARREN – Police said they do not believe foul play was a factor in the death of a 50-year-old man whose body was found in a tent in a Warren field by an acquaintance March 15.

Detective Lt. Heidi Metz said officers were dispatched to the field south of I-696 between Mound and Sherwood at 3 p.m. where the body was found earlier.

“This guy was actually living in a tent. There were a couple tents back there,” Metz said. “One of his buddies hadn’t seen him in a while. He went over and checked on him. They found him dead in his tent. It appears to be natural causes right now.”

Metz said the caller told police he’d met the man at the Salvation Army’s nearby shelter on Mound. He told police he only knew the deceased man by his first name and that he hadn’t seen him since November.

“It probably looked, from the condition of the body, that he’s been down for a while,” Metz said.

An autopsy was performed March 16 and police said the death did not appear to be suspicious.

The man’s wallet and identification were found in the tent along with the body.

Metz said the medical examiner was awaiting toxicology results before a report outlining the cause of death would be finalized. The man’s name was not immediately released, pending the notification of family members.

About the author

Staff Writer Brian Louwers covers the cities of Warren and Center Line. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 1998 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In his free time, he participates in the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and conducts interviews with military veterans for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.


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