TPD no longer investigates Tuesday death as ‘suspicious’

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Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 1:43 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka Police are no longer investigating a Tuesday evening death as suspicious.

The Topeka Police Department said Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 6, that it no longer considers a death reported on Tuesday evening as ‘suspicious.’

TPD said it will not release the name of the victim until the next of kin has been notified.

Earlier that morning, TPD said they were investigating the death as suspicious after a body was found on Tuesday evening, Oct. 5, just after 6 p.m. in North Topeka.

According to Topeka police Lt. Jerry Monasmith, officers responded to the 900 block of N.E. Madison to check on the welfare of an individual.

When officers arrived, Monasmith said, they located an unresponsive person who later was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Police officials said the person was found in a lot adjacent to the east alley in the 900 block of N.E. Madison.

Topeka police held the scene overnight and into the morning hours on Wednesday.

Yellow crime-scene tape was placed around a wooden pole near the middle of the east alley of the 900 block of N.E. Madison. The tape extended east from the pole, past a fenced-in lot and a into a tree line located just west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

No other houses are located east of the east alley of N.E. Madison at that location.

The area immediately east of N.E. Madison borders the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Before sunrise Wednesday,, one police unit was parked facing north in the alley while another unit was parked just west of the railroad tracks.

Several neighbors who were in the area early Wednesday expressed concern over the discovery of the body.

The location was just north of N.E. Laurent and Madison, and was about four blocks east of the North Topeka Arts District.

As of 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, police hadn’t indicated whether the death was the result of criminal activity.

According to 13 NEWS records, Topeka has recorded 13 homicides so far in 2021. An officer-involved shooting death isn’t included in the numbers. Topeka had 25 homicides in 2020.

Meanwhile, Shawnee County has seen two homicides so far in 2021.

Check for more information on the suspicious death incident as it becomes available.

Anyone with information may call Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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