South Lake Tahoe police say a preliminary investigation indicates that a man found lying face down along a roadway late Tuesday likely died of natural causes.
Officers were dispatched to Lindberg Avenue, near Lodi Avenue, about 11 p.m. regarding a report of a man lying face down just off the south side of the roadway on Lindberg Avenue.
A 17-year-old youth who called police reported that he and several friends were visiting from outside the area and staying at a nearby residence. They had left the residence to go to the store about 11 p.m. after returning to the home from the beach only a couple of hours earlier. When their vehicle made a U-turn toward Lodi Avenue, the headlights illuminated the man lying face down on the edge of the roadway. The youth told police the man did not appear to be moving.
Neither the teenager nor his friends had seen the man lying along the street when they returned from the beach, and none recognized him. They also said they had not noted anything abnormal when they were inside the residence.
South Lake Tahoe Fire Department personnel arrived and performed CPR on the man, who police described as a middle-aged, but they were unable to revive him.
Police said a preliminary identification was made from documents found on the man. His wallet, containing cash and credit cards, had not been taken. A nearby vehicle also was identified as belonging to the man and did not appear to have been involved in a collision, police said.
During a preliminary investigation, officers identified the man as a resident of an apartment complex on Armstrong Avenue, a nearby street. Neighbors told police they had seen him in recent days and described nothing unusual.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department was called, and the scene was turned over to a deputy coroner. The man's name has not been released pending notification of family.