Autopsy requested for dead man found in Mendenhall Tower

Police say they have requested an autopsy for a 35-year-old man who was found dead in the Mendenhall Tower Apartment Homes building downtown last week.

Foul play was not suspected, and there were no signs of trauma, said Lt. David Campbell, a Juneau Police Department spokesman.

“But given his age, the medical examiner’s office is going to do an autopsy,” Campbell said.

Police and medics responded to a report of a deceased person at about 1 p.m. Friday.

Campbell said the building manager was trying to get in contact with the man for a while, and after not seeing him, went into his apartment to check on him.

The manager found the man’s body slumped over a chair and called police.

Police have still not released the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:26

Police & Fire for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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Libraries accepting food for fines

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Senate Bill 54 aims to roll back some provisions of criminal justice reform

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