Flagstaff police say a man found unresponsive on the eastside Monday may have died from a heart attack or exposure.

According to police reports, Jason Lee Yazzie, 34, of Flagstaff, was found lying in a culvert underneath the railroad tracks in the 2100 block of East Route 66 around 5:10 p.m. Monday.

A 19-year-old woman and her 12-year-old sister saw the man lying in the culvert while they were walking to Walmart. Their mother told police they thought he was alive at the time. 

When they returned from the store about 30 minutes later, Yazzie was still there and appeared to be foaming at the mouth. The girls ran home and told their mother, who called 911.

Yazzie was not breathing and his clothes were soaking wet when officers and emergency medical personnel arrived. Medics performed CPR but were unable to revive the man. He was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m.

Yazzie had been staying at a local motel with his family. His next of kin has been notified.

Officials with the Flagstaff Police Department said they do not know what killed Yazzie, but they suspect exposure and/or a heart attack as likely causes. It was 27 degrees outside when Yazzie’s body was found, according to the National Weather Service.

Police have not found any signs of foul play. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

Michelle McManimon can be reached at 556-2261 or MMcManimon@azdailysun.com.

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