Cedar Rapids Police Identify Man Found Dead in SW Neighborhood

By Christy Aumer and Jeff Raasch, Reporters


By Kara Kelly

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Police are investigating after a young man's body was found Thursday morning in southwest Cedar Rapids.

James Tamayo, 25, of Cedar Rapids, was found dead in a grassy area between two houses near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street SW. Investigators are unsure of the cause of death, but do not suspect foul play. An autopsy has been ordered.

"Right now we don't know the cause of death, but there are no obvious signs of trauma," Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said.

A neighbor reported a person lying in the grass around 7:15 a.m. Several officers responded, and Tamayo was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators set up black partitions to block the view of the body in the high-traffic area near Taylor Elementary School. Friends and relatives gathered at the scene, consoling each other.

Family members declined to comment through a police spokeswoman.

Zach Herron, 32, of Cedar Rapids, said he saw the body around 7:30 a.m. when he drove by with his two boys. He said an ambulance was on the scene and police were taping off the area.

Herron said the man was fully clothed, wearing a white t-shirt.

"Other people had seen and spoke to him last night, but I don't know exactly when," Hamblin said.
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