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Mitchell Man Found Dead In Parking Lot

February 27, 2014, 5:50 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Mitchell Man Found Dead In Parking Lot
MITCHELL, SD -

A 58-year-old Mitchell man died Thursday morning in a parking lot behind the Corn Palace and investigators are still trying to figure out why he died.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning when someone driving by the intersection of 6th and Lawler saw the man face down in the parking lot.

Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play and believe suicide is unlikely, however, they are not ruling anything out at this point as they wait on the results of an autopsy.

"You just don't know if it was intentional or an accident so it just kind of makes you a little uneasy," Harper said.

The parking lot sits right behind Martin Harper’s home. Harper moved to Mitchell from Cleveland two years ago for an overnight job at a local manufacturer. He says the streets are typically quiet when he gets home around 3 a.m. in the morning. It was quiet last night too.

"It's a quiet town. There's hardly anything moving around at three, or shortly thereafter, during the week day," Harper said.

Mitchell Police are still trying to figure out what happened too.

"There were no obvious signs of why this person died so at that point the death investigation started," Mitchell Police Lieutenant Don Everson said.

The Minnehaha County Coroner's Office is currently doing an autopsy on the 58-year-old Mitchell man and his family has been notified of the death. The temperature did bottom out at ten below zero overnight but police don't know if the cold weather was the cause.

"It's hard saying at this point until we get more results. Of course walking around in freezing cold temperatures can be dangerous but I don't know if it played into this incident or not," Everson said.

And until they figure out exactly what happened in the parking lot authorities say they will keep the police tape up and continue patrolling the scene.

Mitchell Police are hoping to get some preliminary results of the autopsy Friday and expect to release more information about the death.

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