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March 21. 2012 4:36PM

No foul play found in man's death

ATKINSON Ė Investigators have found no evidence of foul play in connection with the death of a man whose burned body was discovered along a trail in a wooded area Monday afternoon.

The state Attorney Generalís Office said Wednesday that an autopsy showed the man, whose name has not been released, died of smoke inhalation, ďsuperheated gasesĒ and flame. The manner of death is still pending, the agency said in a statement.

Authorities have made a preliminary identification of the man, but they said his identity still needs to be confirmed through DNA or dental records Ė a process that could take at least a week.

While the death remains under investigation, the Attorney Generalís Office said there is no evidence of foul play.

The body was found by a woman walking on a trail in woods behind Pentucket Court. State and local investigators quickly moved in and began searching for clues to determine whether the death was the result of murder, suicide, or possibly an accident.

The Attorney Generalís Office announced Tuesday that the body had physical characteristics similar to those of a man who was reported missing from the area, but that investigators were still trying to confirm whether there was a connection.


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