Winnipeg police are looking at whether charges should be laid in the death of a 43-year-old man who was kicked out of a house party for being belligerent, then later found dead in the backyard of a neighbouring house.

It happened Sunday evening, just before 6 p.m., in the city's Elmwood neighbourhood, police said.

The man was drinking with several people at a home on the 600 block of Harbison Avenue East when he became verbally aggressive toward other partygoers, police said.

The man was asked to leave, which resulted in a fight before he was forced out, according to police.

He was later found in the backyard of a house next door to the party. He had no coat or shoes on.

Police at back of house

Police guard the back of the house on Harbison Avenue, where a body was found on Sunday. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

"He had minimal clothing on and certainly not suitable clothing for the conditions," Const. Jason Michalyshen told reporters on Monday.

Police haven't said how he died but believe intoxication and the frigid elements were likely factors.

No charges have been laid at this time. The incident is still being investigated and witnesses being interviewed.

"We have to look at the level of sobriety of everyone involved — not just the deceased, but the other individuals — and if there was anything with respect to their actions that contributed to his death," Michalyshen said.

When asked if charges could be laid, Michalyshen said it's possible.

"There is always that potential, and I think that is some of the hurdles we are jumping over right now where this investigation will go," he said.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is expected to be conducted on Monday.


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With files from the CBC's Caroline Barghout