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An autopsy is planned for Tuesday for a man reportedly found dead in Mandan with a small laceration on the back of his head.

Mandan Police Lt. Pat Haug said police responded to a call for a medical assist at 6:41 a.m. Friday for a 27-year-old Mandan man found dead on the 1100 block of West Main Street in Mandan.

Haug said the North Dakota State Forensic Examiner’s Office is handling the autopsy, which could produce a report within a week.

He said police have interviewed a number of people.

“We’re still continuing to do that,” he said. “We don’t know if it’s a natural death or something else just because of his being 27 years of age and having that small laceration on the back of his head.”

Haug declined to name the deceased man.

“Not at this point, with an active investigation,” he said. “I’ll release it after that.”

Haug did say the man wasn't homeless.

He also said police investigate all unattended deaths.

"It’s an active death investigation until the autopsy (when) we can determine what is potentially the cause of death," Haug said.

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