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Stuart police investigate suspicious death

Posted at 1:35 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 19:04:17-04

STUART, Fla. -- Police are investigating a suspicious death in the woods near Lowe's Home Improvement store in the 3600 block of Federal Highway in Stuart.

Police received a call at approximately 9:30 a.m. about an unresponsive male in the woods.

The man, identified as 51-year-old John Lawson, was pronounced dead at the scene and detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were called out to investigate.

Police say Lawson was a homeless man who lived in a small encampment nearby.

The Medical Examiner's office will determine his cause of death. There were no obvious signs of trauma.