Cause still pending in 21st Street death in Columbus

benw@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 5, 2013 

A preliminary autopsy on a Columbus man found dead on the floor of a 1226 21st St. home is still pending, authorities said Saturday.

Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said more tests will be required to determine a cause of death on the man whose family still hasn’t been located. The coroner’s office and Columbus police will continue to investigate the death, he said.

Police have said the death appeared to be natural, but the man had been dead for at least two days.

“It’s just a fact that the man apparently had been dead a couple or two or three days on the floor of the living room of this house,” Police Lt. John McMichael said. “Guys are in the house, walking all around him and stepping over him. He was laying in the floor dead for a couple of days.”

At least two other men in the house thought the intoxicated man was just passed out and sleeping on the floor.

“From examining the body, he had a few bruises but nothing indicating trauma to him,” McMichael said. “He did have some injury to his face area, but it would be consistent to falling down with his face on the floor.”

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