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Man found dead on Liberty Street

Police have labeled death 'suspicious'

Police have labeled death 'suspicious'

November 30, 1999|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN ? A 22-year-old man was found dead in a house on Liberty Street Monday after he was involved in a fight over the weekend, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

The cause of death was unclear Monday night, but police labeled it "suspicious" and were treating it as a homicide, Kifer said.

The man, whose name was not released, was in a fist fight with one other person late Saturday or early Sunday outside 440 Liberty St., Kifer said.

He was found dead, alone in the living room, at about 4:15 p.m. Monday by a relative who went to check on him after not having heard from him, Kifer said.

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The course of the investigation will be based on the results of an autopsy, which will reveal whether the man died as a result of the fight or other causes, Kifer said. Preliminary results from the medical examiner's office are expected this afternoon, but toxicology tests could take longer, he said.

There were no indications that any weapons were used in the fight, but there were spots on the sidewalk and pavement outside the house that appeared to be blood droplets, Kifer said.

Police have talked to many friends and family members who saw the man over the weekend and prior to the incident, and are continuing to talk to other people, he said.

The owner of the house said it was being rented, and Terry Sigler and Tammie Patrick, who live next door at 438 Liberty St., said a man in his 20s has lived there for about a year.

Patrick said the man lived alone and she often saw him walking his dog. On Sunday, however, she noticed a sneaker and a jacket lying outside the house and said she heard the dog barking frantically from inside.

"He was a decent guy," Patrick said. "Everybody has some problems, but he's always been nice to me."

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