LA GRANDE — The La Grande Police Department is investigating the death of a man who was living in a storage unit.

The victim was 59 years old, police Lt. Gary Bell reported Wednesday, adding all signs point to a natural cause of death, and the death was not recent.

Police received a call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday about a person who died in a storage unit at Eastern Oregon Storage, 1410 21st St. Bell explained an employee checked on the unit after rent was past due and found the body.

“The person had a little apartment set up in the unit,” Bell said.

The business owner was not aware anyone was living in the unit, which included a bed and the ability to lock the door from the inside. Bell said aside from the odd living situation, this death investigation is routine.

The man likely died in early October, Bell said, and did not release the man's name, explaining police are trying to contact the man's relatives.

Bell also said the investigation is ongoing and following the process of any death investigation, including the involvement of the medical examiner.

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