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Body discovered in Lackawanna County identified

The body of a man found near the Morgan Highway in Scranton on Thursday has been identified.

SCRANTON, Pa. — UPDATE: The coroner says a man who was found dead on the side of the road in Scranton died after using drugs.

According to the coroner, 40-year-old Nathan Figueroa's body was found along the edge of the road off the Morgan Highway around 10:30 Thursday morning.

Officials are awaiting toxicology results to finalize the cause and manner of death.

Police in Scranton are still investigating how Figueroa's body ended up on the side of the road in Scranton.

Original Story:

Police responded Thursday morning after a body was found in Lackawanna County.

Scranton police spent several hours taking photos and collecting evidence to figure out what happened to the man and how he got there.

Scranton police say the body was found along the Morgan Highway just off the edge of the road. Scranton DPW workers made the discovery around 10:30 a.m. when they stopped in the area to look for markings to put up a sign.

The Lackawanna County coroner believes the man was in his 30s. Police say it doesn't appear that the body was in the area very long.

While we were waiting for information, a man stopped to talk to police, saying he saw something suspicious. Randy Beck says he drove past this area to go turkey hunting around 5:15 a.m. when he saw a vehicle and two people standing outside of it.

"By the rear quarter panel. I was going to stop, but I didn't and kept on going. That's all I saw," Beck said. "The one person was leaning over the car, and the other one was standing next to it."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Scranton police.

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