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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.