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* Frederick Cotton 60-Year-Old Richmond Man Identified As Man Found Dead On South 45th Street

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A Richmond man who was found dead in his home Wednesday night while police were serving a search warrant has been identified as 60-year-old Frederick Cotton, Sr., a Contra Costa County deputy coroner said today.Richmond police had gone to Cotton’s home in the 800 block of South 45th Street at about 9 p.m. to serve a search warrant, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said.When no one answered the door, officers forced entry into the home and found Cotton dead from some sort of trauma, Gagan said.Police are treating the case as a homicide and the coroner’s office was conducting an autopsy this morning to determine a cause of death.Gagan said it appeared that Cotton died just a few hours before police arrived. No arrests have been made and no motive has been established for the homicide, he said.”It’s a very unusual way for us to become aware of a homicide, making entry into a residence for another criminal investigation,” he said. “We had no calls, and no indication that there were any problems in the home other than the investigation into other criminal activity.”Police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with the death.Anyone with information is asked to call Richmond police Sgt. Lee Hendricsen at (510) 620-6616.

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