Authorities have initiated a death investigation after a woman discovered an unresponsive male on the Tucker Creek Walking and Bike Trail on Thursday.
A portion of the Tucker Creek walking trail was shut down Thursday afternoon after the Conway Police Department was alerted of a possible dead body on the trail near Reedy Road.
Faulkner County Coroner Jessica Thorn told the Log Cabin Democrat on Thursday that authorities are unsure how the 26-year-old man died and that foul play is not suspected.
Thorn identified the body as 26-year-old Nicholas West, who graduated in May 2017 from the University of Central Arkansas with a master's degree in biology. West also taught as an adjunct professor in the biology department last fall but has no current ties to the university this semester.
CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said a local woman alerted authorities there was an unresponsive man on the trail.
"A woman was out walking her dog and found a body," Woodruff told the Log Cabin on Thursday.
The Conway Fire Department was paged out to the scene around 3:20 p.m. regarding "an unresponsive person" along the trail, Fire Chief Mike Winter said.
Thorn said authorities located West in an embankment just off the trail near the intersection of Reedy Road and Hogan Lane.
West's medical history was not immediately available to authorities Thursday evening, Thorn said.
Because of his age and the circumstances surrounding his death, Thorn has sent West's body off to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.
"We've requested the medical examiner perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death," Thorn said Thursday evening.
The Log Cabin will continue following this story as more details become available.