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Authorities ID man found dead in Riverside Park bathroom

Authorities have identified the man found dead Friday in a Central Riverside Park bathroom as 49-year-old John R. Harkness.

Friends who found Harkness’ body Friday afternoon told police the 49-year-old may have been living in the bathroom, which is heated. He was ill and likely died of natural causes, police said last week.

Harkness was buried Tuesday in Hays, according to Brock’s North Hill Chapel, a Hays funeral home.

Police have said there was no apparent trauma to Harkness’ body.

He was found dead shortly before 2 p.m. Friday in the men’s restroom of the park, 720 Nims, near downtown Wichita.

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