Heat Claims Summer's First Death in State

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Little Rock police found a body in the downtown area and say the victim may have died from the heat.

A homeless man told police at about 8 a.m. Tuesday that he had found a corpse.

A police report says there were no signs of foul play and that the victim "may have died as a result of the extreme heat."  An autopsy will determine the exact cause of the death.

The body was found close to the intersection of Garland and Gaines streets, near the Arkansas River.

Little Rock and the rest of Arkansas has seen temperatures nudge the 100-degree mark the early part of this week, with the heat index around 105 degrees.  The National Weather Service has cautioned people to take precautions against the heat.

High temperatures were forecast to drop into the low-to-mid 90s by Wednesday.

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