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Coroner rules man died of natural causes

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Putnam County Coroner's office says a man found dead in his Greencastle apartment Monday died of natural causes.

Assistant Coroner Brian Hopkins told the BannerGraphic Tuesday that family members of 62-year-old Joseph R. Garceau became concerned when they didn't hear from him. When they went to his residence on Illinois Street Monday morning, they discovered he had died.

As a matter of routine procedure, Hopkins was called to evaluate the body.

"Any time a body is found, the coroner is called," he said.

After examining the scene, Hopkins ruled Garceau's death as natural. He said the man may have had a previous medical condition and that it could have been a factor in his death.

The body was not going to undergo an autopsy.

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