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Police seek to identify man found dead along I-696

September 10, 2008

WARREN —Michigan State Police are investigating the death of an unidentified man found lying along westbound I-696 shortly after midnight on Sept. 9.

According to information from the Michigan State Police Metro North Post in Oak Park, the body of an unidentified white male, approximately 20-30 years old, was found along the freeway’s westbound lanes at 12:09 a.m. on Sept. 9, near Groesbeck.

Police believed the man may have fallen or jumped from the overpass to the roadway below, a distance of about 35 feet. However, Michigan State Police Trooper Cynthia Edwards indicated that an investigation into the man’s death remained ongoing, pending the results of an autopsy being conducted by the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

“We’re still waiting to hear back on that. Somehow it looks like he came from that height,” Edwards said. 

Warren Fire Chief Jerry Tignanelli said Warren Fire Department paramedics were summoned to the scene, along with a Universal-Macomb Ambulance unit, where they attempted to treat the man.

While the man had sustained significant physical trauma, Tignanelli said it was not definitive that the man had jumped or otherwise fallen.

“As far as I know, we responded along with Universal. Our medics offered the initial treatment,” Tignanelli said. “They found him face down on the shoulder of the E-way. They tried to work on him but he was obviously expired.”

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:27 a.m. He was taken to the Henry Ford BiCounty Hospital, in Warren, and the body was later released to the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the incident, or about the man’s identity, is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Metro North Post at (248) 584-5740.


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