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North Charleston police investigating suspicious death after body found with cuts to face

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Police are investigating a suspicious death after the body of a North Charleston man was found at a residence on Success Street.

After officers received a call Sunday about a deceased person, they arrived at the house about 11 a.m., according to an incident report. They were met by a man and woman pointing to the back of the house and yelling, "He's dead! He's on the floor!"

Police found 37-year-old Donald Blake on the floor on his back, the report said. He had two large cuts on the right side of his face, which were bleeding, and a "deformity" on the back of his skull. Blake's body was lying on several towels, according to the report.

After seeing the wounds, an officer called for a protective sweep of the house because of the "unnatural nature of the deceased." No one else was found within the house, the report said.

No further information was available.

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Fleming Smith covers crime and public safety for the Charleston area. A native Georgian, she previously covered breaking news and features for The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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