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Man Found Deceased in 8th Avenue South Dumpster Positively Identified

4/1/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The man discovered burned beyond recognition the morning of March 4 inside a garbage dumpster at 521 8th Avenue South has been positively identified through dental records as Robert K. Lasater, 56, who was homeless.

There was no evidence of foul play at the scene. The Medical Examiner found no additional injuries. Soot was also present in his esophagus which indicated that he was breathing when the fire was ignited.

It is possible that Lasater, who was known to be a heavy smoker, may have fallen asleep with a lit cigarette.

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