The Alma Police Department has requested the assistance of the Arkansas State Police in the investigation into the death of an Alma man.

The body of Gene Charles Taylor, 48, of Alma was discovered Sunday morning in a trench across Fayetteville Avenue in downtown Alma, Arkansas State Police public information officer Bill Sadler said via email. The trench is part of an ongoing storm drain and sewer construction project.

Taylor was last seen shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday riding a bicycle. He was reportedly on his way home.

Special agents of the Arkansas State Police criminal investigation division have requested that the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory determine the manner and cause of death, Sadler said. The agents are continuing their investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death.