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UPDATE: Coroner IDs Man Found Dead Tuesday Morning As Roger Mathis

The empty lot which used to house the Player's Pub building in downtown Bloomington, May 2021.

The empty lot which used to house the Player's Pub building in downtown Bloomington. (Pat Beane, WFIU/WTIU News)

Update: May 5, 3:45 p.m.

The coroner's office has identified the man found dead at the razed site of the old Player's Pub building Tuesday morning as 55-year-old Roger Mathis of Bloomington, formerly of Seymour.

Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields said in a Wednesday afternoon email that Mathis' cause of death is pending toxicology testing, with final results expected in about a month.

Original story: May 4, 3:35 p.m.

Bloomington Police say a deceased man was found on the site of the old Player's Pub building in downtown Bloomington Tuesday morning. 

According to a news release from the Bloomington Police Department, officers responded to the 400 block of South Walnut Street at around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday after a city utilities worker reported finding an unresponsive man on the vacant lot.

Paramedics determined that the man was deceased but had no signs of visible injury or trauma. Police say investigators believe the man had constructed a makeshift shelter from lumber and scrap metal at the site.

Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields said in an email that an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, and the man's identity, cause and manner of death will not be released until his family has been notified.

This story will be updated.

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