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Sparta PD identifies man found dead under parked truck



Police in Sparta have released the name of a man whose body was found under a parked truck on Sunday. 

He was identified as Dwite Shaver, 54 years old, with no permanent address. 

Investigators think Shaver was homeless, and may have been under the truck for shelter. 

The cause of death is not known yet, but police say there were no signs of foul play or trauma.

Shaver’s body was found near the loading dock at Hansen’s IGA in Sparta, and he was not a store employee.  


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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