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Minnesota BCA assists Sunday in investigation of Willmar death, later ruled of natural causes

According to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt, law enforcement arrived with an ambulance for a medical emergency on the 700 block of Third Street Southwest where a person was found deceased. A later autopsy ruled the death was due to natural causes.

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According to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt, law enforcement arrived with an ambulance for a medical emergency Sunday night on the 700 block of Third Street Southwest where a person was found deceased. A later autopsy ruled the death was due to natural causes.

WILLMAR The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called out for a death investigation Sunday in Willmar, according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt.

According to Felt, law enforcement arrived with an ambulance for a medical emergency on the 700 block of Third Street Southwest where a person was found deceased.

"A number of things at the scene prompted our duty staff to call detectives, who in turn consulted with the BCA and the decision was made to have their forensics team come out and take a look at it," Felt wrote in an email.

There were concerns initially about that scene being altered by someone at the residence and the potential that the death could be a homicide. An autopsy Monday morning confirmed that person died of natural causes.

Felt wrote that all death investigations are initially treated as potential homicides by his department.

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"With death scenes, you typically get the best shot at evidence and info at the beginning, so a number of resources were put in place right away," Felt wrote.

Felt wrote that there was never an apparent danger to the public.

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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