Man found in ditch Sunday froze to death

February 25, 2013 3:05 p.m. - Updated: 3:09 p.m.

The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office identified today the man found Sunday in a ditch west of Medical Lake and said he apparently froze to death.

Bruce A. King, 53, was found in a ditch Sunday near the intersection of West Hallett Road and North Strangland Road west of Medical Lake. Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies responded at about noon Sunday and major crimes detectives investigated what they labeled at the time as a suspicious death.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory could not immediately be reached for comment. But the medical examiner ruled the death was caused by hypothermia and said the manner of death was pending further investigation.

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