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Body found near river in east Spokane

UPDATED: Fri., June 12, 2020

Spokane police blocked off South Riverton Avenue early Friday, June 12, 2020 after a body was found. (Adam Shanks / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane police blocked off South Riverton Avenue early Friday, June 12, 2020 after a body was found. (Adam Shanks / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police on Friday morning were at the scene of a body found in the 1600-block of East South Riverton Avenue, which runs along the south bank of the Spokane River.

The unidentified man was found lying face down and unresponsive near Tuffy’s Trail by a person who called 911 shortly after 5 a.m., according to Spokane police.

The death does not appear to have been from natural causes.

The road was blocked off between Mission Avenue and Magnolia Street as the Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene, where detectives were expected to remain for several hours.

Police have yet to release the identity of the person, but the body was male, according to Spokane Police Sgt. Terry Preuninger. The Spokane County Medical Examiner is expected to release additional details about the person.

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