State police investigate suspicious death in Bozrah - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State police investigate suspicious death in Bozrah

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BOZRAH, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut State police said troopers were investigating the discovery of a dead body in Bozrah.

Connecticut State Police Troop K received a 911 call reporting that a man was lying in the Howard memorial Field on Route 163 around 7 a.m. The man was found between the baseball field dugout and the playground.

"A lot of families come here with little kids," said Sean Skinner of the Bozrah Department of Public Works. "It's a nice playscape area and there are always games and a lot of people go to walk the track and even, shoot baskets."

Troopers and EMS workers responded and pronounced the unidentified man dead at the scene.

"A couple crews drove by and saw a guy laying on the ground with a police officer over him," Skinner said.

State police said the death appears to be suspicious, and as a result the entire area was blocked off and processed for evidence.

"There was obvious violence that had taken place" said Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance.

State police said they have a tentative identification on the dead man, but his name is not being released pending the notification of his family. Police do not believe the man is from Bozrah, but could be from the Norwich/Groton area.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

Skinner said crews in the area were driving by and found a man laying on the ground with a police officer standing over him.

"I'm hearing that there's a couple of gunshots to the stomach and it looks like a homicide," he said.

State police would not confirm that, however, and are still just saying they are investigating a suspicious death.

The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime squad gathered physical and forensic evidence and developed leads Monday afternoon.

"We're looking for any individual or any vehicle that may have been stopped or seen in the area," Vance said. "No matter how slight or insignificant information may appear. It could be the piece of the puzzle, an important part of the investigation."

Anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 860-537-7500.

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