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Officials identify body found at fairgrounds

Rochester police have identified the man found dead Saturday morning at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds as Darrell Parisien, 34, who they say was homeless.

An officer on routine patrol through the fairgrounds first spotted a bike near the grandstand, said Capt. John Sherwin. When he got out to investigate, he saw Parisien under the grandstand.

"We're investigating this as the possibility of an overdose-type death," Sherwin said. Evidence at the scene indicated Parisien was using inhalants, which had been purchased Friday night, the report says.

It's unclear how long he'd been in Rochester.

An online search of Parisien's name revealed at least five prior arrests in Bismarck, N.D., for inhalation of vapors, known as "huffing."


He was arrested twice in one day in January 2012, sentenced to five days in jail and fined.

Parisien was arrested again in July 2014 after locking himself in the bathroom of a business for several hours.

When police responded, they heard the sounds of deep breaths and mumbling coming from the bathroom, according to a story in the Bismarck Tribune. Police opened the door and found Parisien face down on the bathroom floor with two cans of Dust-Off. He appeared to be under the influence of Dust-Off, according to police reports.

Parisien was arrested, taken to Sanford Health, treated and then taken to the Burleigh County Jail for a 19-day sentence.

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