Man found dead near Benton City church

BENTON CITY, Wash. -- Deputies are investigating a man's death after his body was found Monday morning near a Benton City church.

Officials blocked off 7th Street near the Assembly of God Church shortly after 8:00 a.m. Monday. Detectives planned to be at the scene all day.

The coroner later identified the victim as 55-year-old Michael A. Edwards of Benton City.

Sheriff Steve Keane said no further details would be released at this time because of the severity of the crime.

If you have any information, call the Benton County Sheriff's Office Detectives Division at 509-735-6555.

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