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The Rapid City man found dead at Canyon Lake Park early Tuesday morning was found near a firearm and with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to police.

The Rapid City man found dead at Canyon Lake Park early Tuesday morning was found near a firearm and with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to a news release from the Rapid City Police Department.

"We're exploring all possibilities right now and trying to get to the bottom of it," police spokesman Brendyn Medina said Wednesday. 

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David Butler, a 59-year-old from Rapid City, was found by walkers near a path at the park around 6:10 a.m. Tuesday, the release says. First responders found him dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest and found the firearm near where he was found. 

Anyone with information about the death should contact the Rapid City Police Department at 605-394-4134 or send an anonymous tip by texting "RCPD" and the information to 847411.

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— Contact Arielle Zionts at arielle.zionts@rapidcityjournal.com

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