Missoula police report that an elderly man was found dead early Thursday morning at the Spruce Street Mountain Line Transfer Station.

Missoula Police Captain Mike Colyer provided details to KGVO News.

“This morning about 5:28 a.m. Missoula police responded to the Mountain Line transfer station at the 200 block of West Pine for a report of an unconscious or unresponsive adult male,” said Captain Colyer. “When officers arrived they determined that the male was already deceased.”

Colyer said further investigation caused detectives to look deeper into the cause and manner of the man’s death.

“There were observations around the circumstances in which he was found which have raised concern about how he may have died,” he said. “And so, a death investigation was launched and the detective unit was activated along with a crime scene technician. They've completed their initial investigation at the scene and that scene is now open.”

Colyer said the man’s body has been taken to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula for an autopsy.

“It is still active case,” he said. “We are following up with various types of investigation and working with the Medical Examiner's office on an autopsy to try to determine the cause and manner of the death. So this is an adult male who resides in Missoula. His identity will be released through the coroner's office at the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.”

KGVO asked Captain Colyer if foul play may have been involved in the man’s death.

“That's just unknown at this point,” he said. “There were observations of patrol officers had that warranted us in launching a more thorough investigation. We don't believe there's an ongoing public safety risk. There are a number of pieces of evidence we've already collected that we just want to gather before we can give a conclusion, but at this point, we don't see any risk to the community.”

The bus transfer station was closed for several hours while the investigation was underway. It has been reopened.

The man's name has not yet been released.

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