A naked man was found dead outside a gas station on Eastern Boulevard in Essex Monday, Baltimore County police said.

Police identified the man as 56-year-old Richard Harden the 3000 block of California Ave. in Parkville. He was found near the Crown station the 700 block of Eastern.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine cause of death. Homicide detectives are investigating the death.

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