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FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Body Found Near Minnehaha Park Identified

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UPDATE: The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the body found near Minnehaha Park as 35-year-old Traivon C. Asterino. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. It's not clear at this hour if a suspect is at large. We'll post more details as we get them.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT. AND THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On August 28th, 2013, at about 5:30 a.m., a citizen was walking past the area of 4414 E. Buckeye when he located a deceased male on the side of the roadway. Spokane County Major Crimes detectives and forensics personnel responded to the scene to investigate.

At this time, the investigation is in the early stage and no other information is available.  Detectives are asking citizens if they saw anything suspicious in this area this morning or last night to provide that information to Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

Once detectives are finished processing the scene, the body will be released to the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office. The Medical Examiner's Office will release the identity of the victim and cause of death at a later time.

ORIGINAL STORY:

KHQ.COM - A walker found a male body in the area of Havana & Buckeye just south of Minnehaha Park on Wednesday morning. Detectives are investigating this as a homicide. Authorities say that the body was found lying face down. We're working on getting you more details.  Keep checking back to this web channel for updates.

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