ONTARIO — Police have discovered that a man who was found dead in the parking lot of a local hotel on Aug. 25 did not die as a result of homicide.
According to a phone interview with Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero on Wednesday afternoon, what is known is that the man from Idaho in his late 50s or early 60s. His name isn’t being released yet as they are still working on locating family.
Also known is that the man was staying at the Red Lion Inn & Suites that evening with some other associates.
“What was reported to us was that some verbal confrontation occurred to a certain point — maybe even a minor struggle up in the hotel, itself,” Romero said.
However, the man was found deceased facedown in the parking lot at about 7 a.m. Ontario Fire and Rescue EMTs pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Throughout the course of their investigation, police also reviewed “video evidence” from surrounding businesses in the area.
Although there is not an official autopsy report, police have learned that the coroner believes the death to be cardiac related, due to a possible outside factor.
“There was the presence of drug ingestion by the decedent,” Romero said. “We can rule out homicide.”