DAVENPORT -- An investigation is underway into the death of a man found lying on the ground early Saturday in a farm field entrance off of Utah Avenue just south of Telegraph Road.
According to a news release from the Davenport Police Department, at 1:31 a.m. Saturday,a Scott County Deputy observed "something suspicious" in the farm field entrance. Upon investigating, the body of a Caucasian male, ages 35 to 45, was found lying on the ground. Because of the "visual trauma" and the "environmental circumstances, a full-fledged death investigation was initiated."
The news release states that the man has been "tentatively identified," and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Police are asking that anyone who traveled along Utah Avenue and saw anything suspicious Friday or into the early hours Saturday call the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.