Bethalto Police say the death of a man in his backyard appears to be an accident.  Police received a 9-1-1 call Monday morning at about 7:00 reporting a man down in the back yard of a home in the 100 block of East Sherman Street.  No signs of life were detected when police arrived about a minute later.

According to information released by the police department, it appears the man had locked himself out of his home either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.  It is believed he then broke a window to enter his back door which caused a significant laceration to his arm. The deceased subsequently succumbed to blood loss and expired.  It is not believed he contacted anyone for help. The man's identity is not being released at this time to allow his family to make necessary arrangements.

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