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‘Suspicious’ death in W-B probed

Personnel from the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office and detectives from Wilkes-Barre City arrive at 456 N. Main St., the scene of a what police call a suspicous death of a man in an apartment.

Aimee Dilger/the times leader

WILKES-BARRE – Police are investigating what they call a suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a third-floor apartment on North Main Street on Tuesday morning.

Two detectives and the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office responded to the apartment building at 456 N. Main St. around 10 a.m.

A man was found deceased on a bed, Chief Deputy Coroner William Lisman said. The body was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where an autopsy is scheduled to take place today.

The man’s name wasn’t released.

Virgil Argenta, who owns the building, said the man has lived in the building for nearly two years.

“I didn’t see him for a couple of days and sent one of my workers to check on him,” Argenta said. “When she called me and told me what she found, I called 911.

“He was a good tenant, I never had any problems with him,” Argenta said.

Lisman said it appeared the man died several days ago.

Several tenants were seen leaving the building while three deputy coroners were on the third floor.

Detectives Robert Simonetti and Ronald Foy are investigating.

A police officer remained in a parked cruiser in front of the building for most of Tuesday.

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