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Medical Examiner: Man found dead near Spokane River trail was shot

A caller reported to 911 on Friday morning that they saw a man lying face down near the Spokane River trail in the 1600 block of East South Riverton Road.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Questions remain after a man's body was found on the side of the road in east Spokane on Friday.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner says 48-year-old Taurus Ogeltree's cause of death is gunshot wounds. The manner of death is listed as homicide. 

A caller reported to 911 at 5:15 a.m. on Friday that they saw a man lying face down on or near the Spokane River trail in the 1600 block of East South Riverton Road. The caller said the man was not breathing. 

Spokane fire personnel arrived and confirmed that the man was dead. Patrol officers with the Spokane Police Department then responded and determined the death "did not appear to be natural," said Sgt. Terry Preuninger.

Major Crimes Detectives also responded to the scene on Friday and continue to work the case. 

Police have not released information about any suspects or leads in the case. 

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