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Homeless man dies after sand dune collapses

February 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A homeless man died when his makeshift home under a sand dune collapsed in Thousand Palms, Riverside County officials said.

A police dog detected the scent of a corpse on Friday, according to authorities.

Officials identified the body as that of 30-year-old Steven James Morgan. His body was found 12 to 15 feet below the surface. Morgan was reported missing last Saturday by a friend.

Investigators said they didn't see any signs of foul play and called the death an accident.

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