St. Louis Police: Man Found Dead After New Year's Eve Fire Had Been Beaten to Death

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St. Louis police believe that the person found dead in a fire inside a vacant home on New Year's Eve was killed prior to the blaze. Firefighters discovered the body of an unknown male after putting out a fire around 7 a.m. December 31 in the 3800 block of Cottage Avenue (below).

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Police say the victim found in an upstairs bedroom likely died of blunt trauma to the head. And investigation is ongoing.

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