Man found dead off Nevada City Hwy |

Man found dead off Nevada City Hwy

A man believed to be a transient was found dead in his sleeping bag in Grass Valley on a morning where temperatures had dipped to the low 20s.

A caller from a business in the 2000 block of Nevada City Highway called Grass Valley Police at about 10 a.m. Monday, requesting a welfare check on a man who was not moving, according to dispatch reports.

The man, who has been identified as Mark Rye, was found in an alcove of the building with a sleeping bag over him, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard.

He was not breathing and showed signs of rigor mortis, Remillard said.

There were no obvious signs of trauma. There were “a lot” of empty alcoholic containers near Rye’s body, but it was not clear whether he had been drinking or whether they were containers he had collected for recycling, Remillard said.

No witnesses were located, he added.

Grass Valley Firefighters responded and pronounced Rye dead at the scene. An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but the results were not available as of press time.

Rye had family in the San Francisco Bay Area, but not locally, said Nevada County Coroner Paul Schmidt.

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