Man found dead in Lacey park not a victim of foul play, coroner says

Staff writerJanuary 13, 2014 

A 42-year-old man found dead Sunday morning on a soccer field in Rainier Vista Community Park in Lacey is not a victim of foul play, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said.

"There's nothing criminal," about the death of the 42-year-old, Warnock said. Warnock identified the deceased man as Mario T. Lopez.

Warnock said Lopez's cause and manner of death are still pending the results of his toxicology exam. However, Lopez's preliminary autopsy exam shows no signs he suffered trauma or homicidal violence, Warnock said. Also, nothing was removed from Lopez's person, suggesting that he was not a robbery victim, he added.

Lacey police responded to a report of a deceased man in the park about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The 46-acre park is located in the 5400 block of Ruddell Road.

Warnock said there is some evidence that Lopez suffered from hypothermia. However, more testing is necessary to determine whether some kind of preexisting medical condition caused him to fall in the area of the park, and the hypothermia set in after that, he added.

A Lacey police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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