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Police investigate after man's body found in St. Louis

St. Louis police investigate in the 1700 North 20th Street in St. Louis Place neighborhood after a body was found there Monday. Police said the death is not being investigated as a homicide. Photo courtesy of KTVI.

ST. LOUIS • A 54-year-old man found dead inside a dumpster behind an apartment building Monday afternoon likely froze to death, police said.

Authorities have not released the man's identity, but said he was homeless and was known to frequent the area.

He was discovered about 12:45 p.m. near the Brewery Apartments at North 20th and Madison streets in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. A citizen told firefighters who were in the area on an unrelated call that they believed there was a body inside the trash bin, police said.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the official cause of death. District level detectives will investigate the case unless it is ruled a homicide.

A KTVI reporter photographed police investigating near the dumpster.

Ashley Jost of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.