- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say the body of man who may have been trying to pull out copper wires from a manhole has been found on Detroit’s west side.

Police say the body was found in the manhole around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Sgt. Michael Woody tells The Detroit News officers indicated that the man was trying to pull the wires when he was likely electrocuted. Woody says a fire department crew responded and utility officials were contacted to shut off electricity to the area.

Crews were at the scene early Thursday.

The Detroit Free Press reports cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Copper theft is a persistent problem in Detroit and other cities, where the metal is sold to scrap metal dealers.

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