BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The coroner and detectives were called to Market Street in Boardman shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday for a body that was found on the sidewalk.
Police later identified the victim as a 41-year-old Youngstown man, according to a police report.
The body was found in front of a business plaza across from a former elementary school. The plaza sits between Meadowbrook and Erskine avenues.
At this time, the cause of death is unknown. Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth said no foul play is suspected at this time and that the investigation is ongoing with the coroner’s office.
According to a police report, a man reported seeing the victim lying on the sidewalk about 8:40 p.m. the night before. The person told police that the man was breathing at the time and he assumed that he was either drunk or high, saying he figured he would just sleep it off.
An investigator for the coroner’s office found no apparent signs of any injuries but observed a white dried residue on the victim’s lips, the report stated.
Surveillance video from the area did not show anyone approaching the man besides the witness who reported seeing him the night before. Police said that the witness just pulled up to him in the car but then left the area without getting out of the vehicle.
The victim was seen on camera sitting on the sidewalk, rocking back and forth, before he lay down on Wednesday night, the report stated.
Brian Oehlbeck, Hanna Erdmann, Chelsea Simeon and Patty Coller contributed to this report.