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Man found dead is identified

January 08, 2001

Man found dead is identified



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County man who was pronounced dead after being found unconscious in a bathroom at the Sheetz convenience store on W.Va. 45 Saturday night has been identified as Joseph Killian, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Police said Killian, 37, of Route 2, Kearneysville, went into the bathroom after he and his girlfriend entered the store.

People began expressing concern for the man after he didn't come out of the bathroom - which was locked from the inside - for about 20 minutes, said Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober.

Members of the Shepherdstown Fire Department arrived and removed the bathroom door from its hinges, Boober said.

The man was unconscious, and medical crews began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Boober said.

The man was taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg where he was pronounced dead, Boober said.

Police continue to believe that no foul play was involved in Killian's death, Chief Deputy Jesse Jones said Monday.

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The body is expected to be sent to a state Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, Jones said.

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