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Man Found Dead in Centralia Identified

A man found dead along a street in Centralia early Sunday morning did not die of natural causes, Centralia police said Sunday.

Whether the death was a homicide or suicide, however, remains under investigation, said Officer John Panco, public information officer for the Centralia Police Department.

The Centralia man, identified by the coroner as Anthony P. Fries, was found by a passerby on the 100 block of East Third Street at about 6:22 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release from the Centralia Police Department.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said Fries was a 64-year-old Centralia man.

Police and medics responded to the area and found the man was unconscious and not breathing, Panco said.

The body showed signs of trauma, which led police to believe his death was caused by “other than natural causes,” Panco said.

He declined to specify what kind of injuries the man had.

Panco said while the man lived in the vicinity of where his body was found, police do not know how the man ended up on the side of the street.

“We have no clue,” Panco said Sunday afternoon.

McLeod said an autopsy on the man will take place Monday afternoon.