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Cause of 2 men's deaths still undetermined

The Allen County coroner's office has not determined how two men who apparently knew each other died at a local hospital less than an hour apart Friday night.

Deputy Coroner Patt Kite said the investigation into the men's deaths at St. Joseph Hospital is not complete. Police said neither man had any signs of traumatic injuries.

The coroner's office identified the men as Timothy L. Hartman, 54, of Ashley, and Neal Reading, 58, of Pleasant Lake.

At 5:51 p.m. Friday, a vehicle arrived at the St. Joseph Hospital emergency entrance and the driver sought help from hospital staff. They determined another man inside the vehicle was in critical condition, police said.

Hospital staff moved the man to the emergency room and began treating him, but he died soon after arrival. The driver fled the hospital as soon as the victim was moved to the emergency room, police said.

At 6:13 p.m., police were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of Michigan Avenue, where they found an unconscious man. Paramedics took him to a local hospital -- later identified by the coroner's office as St. Joseph -- in critical condition. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said.

Detectives interviewed a witness who was inside the Michigan Avenue apartment where the second man was found. Preliminary reports indicate the two men knew each other, but neither had any visible signs of traumatic injuries, police said.

It's also unclear if the two deaths are related and if foul play was involved, police said.

Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call police at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

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