News brief: Man found dead behind Chevron station was Centralia resident

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The individual found dead yesterday behind a business in downtown Centralia has been identified as 49-year-old Johnny A. Wright of Centralia.

Centralia police said there were no obvious injuries and nothing to suggest how he may have died. Officers were called just before 8 a.m. by a person who found the man laying on the ground off the 500 block of South Tower Avenue near the railroad tracks.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod expects an autopsy will be conducted next week.

The preliminary investigation determined there were no signs of foul play apparent, according to Centralia Police Department detective John Panco.

For background, read “News brief: Person found dead near Centralia railroad tracks” from Friday May 5, 2017, here

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