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Man found dead in Prescott Valley home
Initial investigation found that illicit drugs may have been involved

A 33-year-old man was found unresponsive in a Prescott Valley home midday Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Police and firefighters responded to the home in the 6200 block of East Copper Hill Dr. around 12:40 p.m. and soon after pronounced the man dead on scene, said Prescott Valley Police Department spokesperson James Risinger.

An initial investigation indicated that illicit drugs may have been a factor in the man’s death, Risinger said. There was discussion over whether or not Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) would assist in the investigation, but detectives with PANT ended up not responding.

“[PANT] detectives were unavailable investigating an unrelated case,” Risinger said. “And detectives with PVPD were already on scene.”

However, if there are any findings that might assist PANT detectives in their ongoing investigations into drug dealings in the community, they will be advised of the findings, Risinger said.

While the death did not appear to be a suicide, it has not yet been determined if the death was intentionally self-inflicted or not.

“At this point in time, we don’t have any information to give a statement of what it was,” Risinger said.

Further details regarding the death will not be available until autopsy and toxicology results from the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office are completed, Risinger said.

“Before we would put anything else out, we have to hear from medical examiners,” Risinger said. “It’s in their court when they would be able to return that information to detectives."

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