KETCHIKAN, Alaska — An Alaska man lay dead near the streets of Ketchikan for more than 12 hours before police were called to check on the man.

Ketchikan police were alerted to body of 55-year-old Richard Branda late Friday morning after he had been killed Thursday evening, the Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2z7dPU6 ). Police have arrested a man in connection with the death.

The initial call to police came in shortly before noon on Friday and reported the man was possibly asleep or passed out, Ketchikan Police Chief Joe White said.

The body was in open view between shipping containers and a building near a sidewalk of a busy street.

If people saw the man before he was reported, they may not have given him much thought, Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett said. He was lying as if he was asleep, he said.

Authorities have not identified a cause of death, but Dossett said some sort of physical altercation occurred between Branda and the man who was arrested. The body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.

A 42-year-old Ketchikan resident called police on Friday evening and said he had killed Branda, Dossett said. The man was arrested, and Dossett said police are checking if his story matches the evidence.


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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