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Body found on roadway in Valley

Mon., Aug. 20, 2012

The body of a 25-year-old man was discovered Sunday morning in Spokane Valley, and Spokane Valley police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives believe they know the identity of the deceased man but don’t know how he died, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy David Thornburg said in a news release. Thornburg said he expects to release more details about the case today.

A driver discovered the body at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday on Raymond Road near the intersection with Mission Avenue.

“The male victim was found in the roadway only wearing a pair of shorts,” Thornburg said.

The man had injuries consistent with being struck or dragged by an unknown hit-and-run vehicle, Thornburg said.

“There was no evidence of the male being shot or stabbed,” Thornburg said. “There was a pair of shoes and blue jeans found near the body, but there was no identification to positively identify the male.”

He did have a number of tattoos that led investigators to believe they know his name, but the sheriff’s office will not release that name until his family can be notified, Thornburg said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

“Given that the exact manner of death is unknown at this time, investigators are treating this incident as a homicide,” Thornburg said.

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