Death investigation closes part of Covington Pike - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Death investigation closes part of Covington Pike

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Police blocked off part of Covington Pike to investigate a dead body found a little way off the road.

Dispatch received a call Tuesday morning around 5:20 regarding a hit-and-run near the intersection of Covington Pike and Wesley Park Drive, that's just south of Methodist North Hospital.

When officers arrived, they found a man lying lifeless in a wooded area off the road. It's not clear at this time if the hit-and-run is related to the man.

"That's something you don't hear about every day...a dead body," said neighborhood resident Diana Mujica.

Now, residents have questions. They want to know if the man found dead was a victim of a hit-and-run driver or if he died from something else.

"It's just kind of scary to me. This is a quiet neighborhood and really haven't had any problems," said Mujica.

According to some neighbors, there is a strong possibility the victim was hit by a car. They point to the overgrown brush that limits where you can walk along this roadway as a reason.

"Because there is no sidewalks. I mean, and look at the brush. It's right up against the road so you have nowhere to go," said Mujica.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to police for more information and they would only say what happened is still being investigated. The cause of death and identity of the victim is undetermined. Meanwhile, residents are baffled too.

"I know we have a lot of homeless people in this area. I know that they have had problems with meth being made down here at the dump," said Mujica.

Residents said they will breathe a lot easier when they know just how the man died.

Officers on the scene reopened Covington Pike just before 8 a.m., although, one lane headed northbound remained closed.

Stay with WMCActionNews5.com as we work to learn more about this investigation and the person killed in the area.

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