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Cause of Death Unconfirmed

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Thursday the Benton County Coroner finished the autopsy for a man Benton County Deputies found dead in his home, but after looking at the body for three hours, the coroner and a specialist from Seattle still couldn't determine how the man died.

Monday, Benton County Sheriff's Deputies found 50 year old Richard Harding dead in his home, but when they walked in it was a disturbing sight.

The coroner said the man's body had rapidly decomposed. The body laid in a non air conditioned home for two weeks as temperatures climbed over 100 degrees. Also two large dogs had been in the house during that time without food.

Because the body was in such bad shape the coroner said he could not determine the cause of death.

"The body was so decomposed and the organs badly decomposed," said Floyd Johnson, Benton County Coroner.    

Johnson said he did not see any signs of trauma, or any indications of a serious disease, and said the man had a history with alcohol and heroine.

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