SEASIDE - A long-time Seaside transient was found dead in a parking lot Saturday morning, Seaside police said.

At 7:52 a.m. police received a call from an employee of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell restaurant at 601 S. Roosevelt Drive regarding a man who appeared to be unconscious, Cpl. Robert Shadd said. Medix ambulance personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police identified Robert Staats, 50, a transient for years who police periodically had held in protective custody while he was wearing off the effects of alcohol.

No cause of death has yet been listed and an investigation continues, police said.

However, "there were no signs of suspicious activity," said Sgt. Steve Barnett, a detective for the Seaside Police Department. The cause might include prolonged exposure to the cold temperatures, he said.

Staats was found with his head propped on his coat, Barnett said. A toxicology test was taken, but results may not be known for six to eight weeks.

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