On Feb. 17 local Howe businessman Kevin Frantz was found dead in his business. The 53-year-old was found unresponsive by police officers who forced entry into Frantz Repair Service at 120 N. Collins Freeway in response to concerned family members who were unable to reach him.

The autopsy reports took several weeks to process after being sent to Dallas County, but Howe Police Sergeant Michael Hill ruled out foul play to the Van Alstyne Leader three days after the death.

Sergeant Hill reported that though the blood toxicity report remains currently pending, the preliminary autopsy reports have been received by the department, reporting the cause of death to be natural causes.

“The M.E. (medical examiner) has ruled on the cause of death and manner,” Sergeant Hill said on March 20, confirming it to be natural causes.

Though paramedics had quickly arrived on the scene after the forced police entry, Franz was declared deceased shortly after being found unresponsive.

Along with his family, Frantz was a longtime business owner and community member in Howe. He served the community in the past as assistant fire chief for the Howe Volunteer Fire Department.