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A Bethalto police vehicle is parked near the scene of the death investigation.
BETHALTO — Authorities are investigating a man’s death in Bethalto.
According to a Bethalto Police Department press release, at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, a resident of the 200 block of Park Drive called 911 to report a man down in the back yard of a home in the 100 block of East Sherman Street.
Bethalto police officers arrived within one minute of the 911 call, followed shortly by an EMT of the Bethalto Volunteer Fire Department. No signs of life were found on the man. Subsequently the following agencies were contacted and responded to the scene: Madison County Coroner’s Office, Illinois State Police CSI and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The investigation indicates the man was not a victim of violence. Evidence discovered at the scene indicates the man had locked himself out of his home in the late evening of Sunday or the early morning of Monday. Further, the man broke a window to enter his back door, which caused a significant laceration to his arm. He subsequently succumbed to blood loss and died. No evidence has been found that the deceased contacted anyone for help. The investigation is ongoing.
The man's identity is not being released to allow his family to make necessary arrangements.