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Joshua Taro

The Auburn Police Department has closed its investigation into the death of a 39-year-old man whose body was found outside an Auburn home last fall. 

Auburn Police Captain James Moore said an autopsy ruled that the death of Joshua Taro was accidental. His death was initially deemed suspicious after a passerby discovered Taro's body on the front lawn of 59 N. Fulton St. in October

At the time, police said Taro — a longtime resident of Auburn — had suffered facial injuries consistent with an assault. Police later learned he had been in a fight outside Jitz's Tavern a few hours before he was found deceased.

A preliminary autopsy from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office found that Taro's death was not a result of his injuries. However, police said at the time that further testing was being conducted to determine the exact cause of death. 

That testing was recently completed, Moore said, and confirmed that Taro's death was "accidental." Moore would not say whether drugs or alcohol were involved. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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