THE mysterious death of Coleraine man Dave Thomas on Tuesday has been put down to natural causes and is no longer being investigated by police.
Detective Acting Sergeant Paul Phelan, of the Hamilton crime investigation unit, said yesterday that police were satisfied that 56-year-old Mr Thomas had died of natural causes.
He said the man's death was not being treated as suspicious after a full investigation of the circumstances.
Detective Acting Sergeant Phelan declined to comment on the specific cause of death.
He said a pathologist had determined a cause but it was up to the coroner, who has responsibility for all sudden and unexplained deaths.
Mr Thomas' body was found at the intersection of McLeod and Winter streets just before 6.30am Monday morning by a passer-by. During the early stages of the investigation , a Victoria Police spokeswoman said police were not sure if the death was suspicious.
A crime scene was established at the intersection while police examined the scene where the man's body lay covered on a footpath in front of a house.
A second crime scene was also cordoned off on Whyte Street where more evidence was discovered on a grass area in front of a fertiliser depot.
It is understood the two sites were linked by a trail of blood.