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Body found along I-90 in Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. - A man who whose body was found Wednesday along Interstate 90 in Mitchell likely died of natural causes, according to Mitchell police.

At approximately 8 p.m., police were called when a passing motorist noticed the body lying beside the roadway at the Exit 330 west-bound ramp. The body was lying along the ramp about halfway between Ohlman Street and the interstate.

The body turned out to be that of a 51-year-old American Indian man, believed to be from the Mitchell area, said Detective Lt. Don Everson, who was in charge at the scene. Authorities would not release the man's name Wednesday evening.

Police blocked off the Exit 330 westbound ramp until the body was removed by George Bittner, the county coroner, shortly after 9:30 p.m. Bittner declared the man dead at the scene.

"We believe we know who the individual is, based on some items found on the person, but we are not releasing a name until we can get positive identification and can notify next of kin," Everson said at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The man appeared to have died of natural causes, he said.

"There's no indication, at this point, that he was struck by a car or was the victim of foul play, but we're going to conduct an autopsy and follow up with the investigation just to make sure," Everson said.