Authorities say the suspicious death of a Des Moines hammer attack suspect wasn't the result of a crime.

The Des Moines Register reports that a police spokesman said that although the cause of Larry Western's death was undetermined, the case is not a homicide.

The body of the 48-year-old Western, of Des Moines, was found April 25 in the backyard of a house. Western was a suspect in the beating of a woman about 18 hours earlier.

Police found the woman with blood on her face and right hand at a Des Moines apartment. She told officers that Western had choked her and used a hammer to hit her several times.