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NEW INFORMATION: Body found outside Lawton church on Monday morning

Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 6:38 PM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - An investigation is still underway after a person was found dead outside of a church in downtown Lawton Monday morning.

Around 9:00 a.m., Lawton Police Officers were called to SW 5th and B Ave. on an unattended death.

“One of the citizens in the community was walking by and noticed a person laying over by the church, so they called us," said Sgt. Timothy Jenkins with the Lawton Police Department. "Well when officers got here, we went and made contact, and so we were able to say that the person was deceased at the time that we made contact with them.”

Lawton Police and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner then began their investigations to determine the exact cause of death.

“Right now, we’re still trying to work on identifying the person to see exactly who it is and what their name is and then we’ll go to the next steps of contacting family and things like that,” said Sgt. Jenkins. “But right now, we’re still in the initial stages of the investigation.”

Sgt. Jenkins said the woman may have been homeless, as some of what they believe is her property was found near her body.

Sgt. Jenkins said they rely on the community during these types of investigations to learn more about the individual.

“If we can contact family or friends, or if family or friends may see the story and they can say, ‘hey, I know that person,’ or, ‘I may believe who I know that person to be,’ then we can go from there,” said Sgt. Jenkins.

Investigators are also considering the elements as a cause of death, as temperatures were in the 20s Sunday night.

Major David Robinson with the Lawton Salvation Army said their doors are always open to those who need a place to stay.

“Here at the Salvation Army, our shelter is open every night of the week, and on a cold weather night, any time it’s below freezing, we have beds available for anybody that needs a place to stay," said Major Robinson. "They don’t have to have an ID, just come in, and as long as you can abide by the rules, keep your hands to yourself, keep out of everybody else’s stuff, you have a safe place to stay, a place that you can wash your clothes, take a shower, any of that stuff.”

Sgt. Jenkins said they are not sure yet if foul play was involved in the woman’s death.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Lawton Police Department is investigating a death after a 911 caller found a body around 9 a.m.

Officers responded to the area of 5th and B Ave. in downtown Lawton on Monday morning for a person who was unresponsive.

When officers arrived they found a woman outside of the First Baptist Church chapel. Once they realized she was deceased the area was taped off and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner was called to the scene.

Police have not confirmed if any foul play was involved.

You can count on us to update you as we learn more.

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