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Fargo police investigating body discovered near church

Authorities gather Tuesday near where a body was discovered outside St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo. Forum News Service

FARGO – Fargo police are investigating the discovery of a body early Tuesday morning near a south Fargo church.

A passer-by called in the report at 6:36 a.m. of a 54-year-old man found lying dead in the 700 block of 10th Street South near St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Vettel said the man appeared to have collapsed on the sidewalk.

There are no obvious signs of trauma to the body, he said, and the death is not considered suspicious.

He said the body is being sent to the state medical examiner in Bismarck for an autopsy.

The case remains under investigation.