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Cops investigating man's death

January 16, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Police on Thursday continued to investigate the death of an 18-year-old man, whose body was found a day earlier in a Martinsburg motel room.

The body of Jashua Frocke was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston, W.Va., for an autopsy, but the results were not available Wednesday, West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker said.

Frocke had no apparent injuries, such as stab wounds, gunshot wounds or injuries consistent with a beating, police said.

Walker said Frocke lived in Berkeley County for the past year or so, but did not have a fixed address.

An employee of the Krista Lite Motel found Frocke's body at around 10:46 a.m. Tuesday. The motel is on Apple Harvest Drive near exit 12 of Interstate 81.

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"It's a suspicious death because 18-year-olds don't just fall over dead for no reason," Walker said.

In rare instances, he said, teenagers die of medical problems, which police have not ruled out as the cause of Frocke's death.

Walker said he hopes to have the autopsy report soon.

A memorial service for Frocke is planned for Monday at John T. Williams Funeral Home in Brunswick, Md. According to his obituary, he worked in construction.

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