Men found dead inside parking deck did not die as a result of cold

Staff Report

Two men found dead inside a downtown Rockford parking deck Jan. 5 did not die as a result of exposure to cold temperatures, according to Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia.

Keith A. Dobratz, 40, and Richard Coonfare, 56, were found deceased in the fourth-floor stairwell of the parking deck at West State and North Main streets around 6:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5. Both men were homeless.

Fiduccia said the cause of death is pending further forensic testing along with toxicology tests. Neither body showed signs of trauma.

The deaths are under investigation by the Rockford Police Department.

From the Jan. 7-13, 2015, issue

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