Man found dead inside Atascadero storage unit is identified

jhickey@thetribunenews.comMay 14, 2013 

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: A preliminary investigation into Amundson's death by the police department and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff/Coroner's Office determined that he was not the victim of foul play, police said Tuesday evening.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: The man found dead inside a storage unit in Atascadero has been identified as James Richard Amundson, a 59-year-old transient, according to the Sheriff's Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Original story: A dead man was found in an Atascadero storage unit over the weekend.

Police responded around 9 a.m. Saturday to Atascadero Mini Storage on El Camino Real after a person who had gone to the unit to look for the man had found him dead, said Sgt. Greg Meyer of the Atascadero Police Department.

Police determined that the death was not suspicious, because there was no evidence of foul play. The death looks to have been the result of natural causes or related to drugs or alcohol, Meyer said.

It appeared that the man was living at least part-time in the storage unit, he said.

Because the death was unattended, an autopsy is scheduled.

The name of the deceased is not being released at this time.

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