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Updated: Police ID Body Found Inside Salisbury Home

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury police have released the name of a 50-year-old man found dead inside a home late Monday afternoon.

Police identified the man as John Jospeh Blasko of Salisbury. According to police, the the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Blasko on Tuesday and the cause and manner of death are pending. Preliminary results indicated no obvious trauma to Blasko's body, investigators said.

Police said that at around 5:15 p.m. Monday, officers were conducting proactive patrol checks in the area of the 900 block of Mabel Avenue when they located a suspicious vehicle parked in a dirt parking lot next to an abandoned building

Police said that upon further investigation, the vehicle was determined to be unoccupied, and appeared to be covered in an unknown chemical which emitted a strong, noxious odor.

According to police, after further investigation, officers determined the owner of the vehicle lived at a home on the 600 block of Liberty Street. Officers then went to the home in an effort to locate the owner of the vehicle.

Police said that upon locating the home, officers knocked on the door, but did not receive an answer. According to police, a closer inspection of the home revealed a man, later identified as Blasko, lying on the floor. 

According to police, officers made entry into the home in an effort to provide emergency first aid to Blasko, and were quickly overcome by the fumes from an unknown chemical.

Officers went out of the home and requested the assistance of the Salisbury Fire Department. Fire department personnel arrived at the home and began a de-contamination process of the officers who had been exposed to the fumes, police said. 

Blasko's body was then transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

Police said that at this time detectives are still working to identify the chemical that was found inside the home and vehicle. However, police did rule out methamphetamine as the chemical. They said it was contained to the home and the vehicle and further testing conducted has concluded that there is no danger to neighboring residences or businesses, according to police. 

As the investigation continues, police are requesting anyone who may have information related to this investigation to contact Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at (410) 548-1776, or the Salisbury Police Department at (410) 548-3165.

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