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Man Found Dead Near Homeless Shelter Died of Natural Causes

VICTORVILLE:( Authorities have updated the cause of death for the man found deceased outside the homeless shelter yesterday afternoon.

On Tuesday, June 28th at about 7:20 p.m authorities were dispatched to the 14000 block of Amargosa Road. The reporting party stated a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

Deputies located a deceased male in the parking lot of the High Desert Homeless Shelter and pronounced him dead on arrival.

A second man, later identified as 75-year-old Lawrence Evans, a resident of Arizona, was located near a silver SUV.

Authorities placed Evans in the back of a patrol unit and he was taken to the station for questioning.

According to an anonymous source, the deceased male and Evans had previously been kicked out of the homeless shelter program due to a drinking problem.

The Sheriff’s Department M.A.I.T deputies, as well as Homicide detectives, were called to the scene.

According to Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez, “Interviews were conducted and video surveillance was reviewed during the investigation.”

Deputies handcuff Lawrence Evans for DUI. (photo by Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
Deputies handcuff Lawrence Evans for DUI. (photo by Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

Through investigation, it was determined Evans was not connected to the death of the unidentified male.

“Although he was not connected to the death of the man, he was arrested for DUI. When deputies arrived he was observed driving the vehicle at the scene. Tests conducted determined that he was under the influence,” stated Rodriguez.

It appears the man’s death was natural and the vehicle never came in contact with him. The Coroner’s report is pending.

The identity of the deceased will be released pending notification of next of kin.

Victor Valley News Group

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