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Carson City man found dead likely had medical event while cooking

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Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 3:38 PM PST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 2:08 PM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: A man found dead with significant burns inside his Carson City apartment appeared to have had a medical crisis while cooking in the kitchen, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

Authorities said there is no evidence or suspicion of foul play in the death of 73-year-old John Lindley.

After suffering the medical event, Lindley came to rest on top of the activated stove top where his clothing caught on fire, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Detective Chris Rivera (775) 283-7855, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815, Lieutenant Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.

ORIGINAL STORY: A man found dead in a Carson City apartment Wednesday afternoon may have burned to death, authorities said.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as John Lindley, 73, of Carson City. The cause of death is still under investigation.

A maintenance worker heard the alarm from the Roop Street apartment and called the Carson City Fire Department around 2:30 p.m., Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

They found a man dead on the kitchen floor. Investigators believe the man may have had some sort of medical event and then came in contact with a heat source.

The fire did not spread so there was no damage to the apartment.

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