A Madonna Inn employee doing routine maintenance around the Innâ€™s front sign made a gruesome discovery on Tuesday morning: the dead body of a 40ish-year-old man. Two hours after the discovery, San Luis Obispo Police Department spokesman Rob Bryn said the man appeared to be a transient and while there were no outward signs of violence to the body, he was unwilling to speculate on a cause of death.
â€œThe coroner will do the I.D. and determine the cause of death,â€? he said. â€œThere doesnâ€™t appear to be any foul play, but I donâ€™t want say it was a natural death and when they lift up the body thereâ€™s a six-inch knife there.â€?
Sgt. Rick Newfeld at the coronerâ€™s office agreed that the cause of death was probably natural but said it would take time to confirm that. According to Newfeld, the body was probably several weeks old.