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Body found in alley Wednesday morning; Roswell detectives investigating suspicious death of unidentified man

The alleyway between Shartelle Avenue and Garden Avenue is a narrow street characterized by unbagged trash, abandoned items and subtle amounts of greenery along its sides. The body of a man whose information has not yet been released by police was found along this street after a woman mistook it for a man who had passed out around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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Roswell Police Department detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday morning in an alley in the eastern part of Roswell.

Investigators have identified the man, but are not yet releasing his name or age.
Police have confirmed that the man is not Ernest Lee Sipe, who was reported missing to the RPD Sunday.
Police said the deceased man was found in an alley that runs east-west between Shartelle Avenue and Garden Avenue.
The alley, just to the north of Third Street, is narrow, with many sections within it appearing abandoned, covered in debris.
By the time the Daily Record arrived on the scene around 3 p.m., there was no sign of police.
A nearby resident said police had sectioned off areas of the street during the initial investigation.
Police said a woman who was taking garbage out to a trash bin in the alley at about 9:40 a.m. noticed the man lying in the alley and called police to report what she thought was a man who was passed out.
Police said when officers arrived, it was determined the man was deceased.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, looking into what is currently classified as a suspicious death.
“It is currently unknown how long the man’s body may have been in the alley. An autopsy of the body will be conducted,” RPD spokesperson Todd Wildermuth said in a news release. “Anyone with potential information regarding this case is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770.”
Multimedia-crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.