The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 6, 2012

Police scrutinizing young man’s death

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin police are looking into the death of a man reported early today.

Officers were called at 8:42 a.m. to 1912 S. Pearl Ave. where a man in his 20s had died. No emergency medical transport was made.

Lt. Brian Lewis of the Joplin Police Department said the scene was secured and a death investigation initiated due to the age of the man. Lewis said the man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of family members.

“From what I understand,” Lewis said, “when they first got there, there wasn’t anything that stood out as suspicious per se.”

That could change as investigators gather more information, he said. Lewis said he did not know who discovered the death or reported it to police. He said he believes the deceased lived at the address, possibly with others.

Lewis said a search warrant was sought for the property following medical confirmation of the death.


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