Police: Hoke strangled

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Results of an autopsy done on the body of Michael James Hoke, who was found dead behind Q-94 in downtown Greenville last week, were released Monday.

Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram reports that the cause of death has been determined as strangulation. "We received information from the Department of Forensics that the cause of death was strangulation," Ingram said.

Hoke's body was found early last Monday by Sgt. Danny Bond of the Greenville Police Department and an investigation continues. A missing persons report was filed with the Greenville Police Department on Sunday night.

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Ingram said the victim was last scene at around 11 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at the Front Street Pub.

The chief said the department hopes to receive more helpful information about the incident as the investigation continues. "We've been investigating this from day one and are still investigating it," he said.

Front Street Pub owner Eric Fennell said he does not remember anything suspicious about that Friday night.

Ingram encourages anyone with information to contact the Greenville Police Department at 334-382-7461.