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Dead man found in Brighton Township parking lot identified (UPDATED)

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BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP— The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Rochester man whose body was found Monday in the parking lot of church on state Route 511.

Deputies and Southern Lorain County Ambulance personnel found 41-year-old James E. Sword dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to Brighton Township United Methodist Church at 21938 state Route 511 at 9:26 p.m. after receiving reports of an unresponsive male found in the parking lot, and found Sword lying dead on the ground.

A cause of death has not been determined, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday, but foul play is not suspected at this time.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office detective bureau at (440) 329-3742.

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