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Authorities investigating man’s mysterious death in a Denton alley

Authorities investigating man’s mysterious death in a Denton alley

Authorities investigating man’s mysterious death in a Denton alley
October 02
17:39 2018

Update Oct. 8: The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Monday that Ngoc Le, the 23-year-old man who died in an alley behind his home on Tuesday, Oct. 2, died from pulmonary tuberculosis.

The medical examiner’s report online lists the cause as “necrotizing caseating fibrocavity pulmonary lesions with bronchiectasis.”

This story has been updated to include the man’s identity.

The 23-year-old man who was found dead around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday in a Denton alley on the 3600 block of Camino Real Trail has been identified as Ngoc Le, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Le was reportedly seen stumbling before he collapsed in the alley, Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose said. The alley was behind Le’s residence, where he lived with roommates.

Cose said on Tuesday there is speculation that Le, who recently returned from a trip to Vietnam, was suffering from a medical condition for about two weeks.

While it was initially reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been contacted about the man’s death, it was later revealed that only local health officials were notified.

Courtesy City of Denton

The city of Denton put out a press release Tuesday afternoon that said, “As the investigation proceeded, it was determined that there were no signs of any infectious disease or traumatic injury and it is believed that an underlying medical issue led to the man’s death.”

The press release also stated the “notifications were sent out of an abundance of caution and not based on any specific information.”

A spokesperson for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said on Tuesday that an autopsy would be performed Wednesday and that they would take standard biohazard precautions.

Le was not a student at either UNT or Texas Woman’s University.

The cause of death has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office

This story is developing. Follow @ntdaily for more updates. 

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Sean Riedel was the news editor at the North Texas Daily from August 2018 to May 2019, and previously served as a staff writer from June 2017 to August 2018.

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