Names of men found dead in parking deck released

UPDATE: Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia announced Jan. 5 that next of kin of both men have been located and notified of their deaths. An autopsy showed neither man died as a result of exposure to cold weather and the cause of death is pending further forensic testing along with toxicology tests.

Online Staff Report

Keith A. Dobratz, 40, and Richard Coonfare, 56, have been identified as the two men found deceased inside a downtown Rockford parking deck Monday morning, Jan. 5.

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia released the names with the hope someone knows their family. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coroner’s Office at (815) 319-4970.

The men, both white and believed to be homeless, were found in the fourth-floor stairwell of a parking deck at West State and North Main streets. They were declared dead at 6:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5.

According to the Coroner’s Office, initial examination showed no signs of trauma to either body. Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The deaths are under investigation by the Rockford Police Department.

Posted Jan. 5, 2015

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