Man leaning against fence in downtown Lafayette prompts 911 call, police arrive and find him dead


A Lafayette woman headed to work early Tuesday morning called 911 saying she was concerned.

It was just after 7 a.m. and she tells KLFY that she had just seen an unresponsive man leaning against a fence in the 100 block of Lee Avenue. 

The woman, who wishes to remain unidentified, told KLFY that she tried different means to get his attention but he remained unresponsive.

When police arrived, she said, they determined that he was deceased.

Corporal Bridgette Dugas with the Lafayette Police Department has confirmed with News 10 that when officers arrived a short while later, they did in fact locate a deceased male at that location.

“We can confirm that he was deceased on our arrival, and that we do not believe foul play is suspected.” Dugas said. 

The coroner was called and the deceased was transported into the care of the Medical Examiner to determine an exact cause of the death, according to Dugas.

“He had no identification on his person, so we are unable to make contact with any family members at this time.” she said. 

By law, and to protect public safety, the Medical Examiner must determine a cause of death and prepare a death certificate.

“At this time our office is unable to confim any findings on the deceased at the time he was located.” Dugas said.

His race, identifying marks such as tattoos, scars or moles will also not be released until such time that the coroner states a cause of death, Dugas said.

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