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No foul play suspected in death of man whose body was found early Friday at Lake Shawnee

Shawnee County sheriff's officials say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose...
Shawnee County sheriff's officials say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found early Friday in the 3500 block of S.E. West Edge Road, on the west side of Lake Shawnee.(Phil Anderson)
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 5:39 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - No foul play is suspected in the death of a 34-year-old man whose body was found early Friday in an open-air shelter on the west side of Lake Shawnee, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 5 a.m. by a passerby who saw a man at a shelter at Ted Ensley Gardens, 3650 S.E. West Edge Road.

The passerby, who was taking a morning walk, checked on the man but found him to be unresponsive, authorities said. The passerby then called 911 and sheriff’s deputies and paramdeics quickly responded to the scene.

First-arriving deputies performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the man, who was declared dead a short time later by medical personnel, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office crime scene unit was called to the scene to investigate.

More than six sheriff’s units were on the scene shortly before 6 a.m. The parking lot to Ted Ensley Gardens was closed while sheriff’s officers were on the scene, as was a concrete walking trail in area on the west side of the lake.

The Shawnee County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. An autopsy is to be conducted on the man to determine the cause of death.

There was no indication that any foul play had occurred, sheriff’s officials said. However, the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information may call Shawnee County sheriff’s detectives at 785-251-2200.

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