A man may have been dead for days when his brother found his body down a well in Watertown on Thursday morning.
Police said it happened at a home located at 264 French St., which is near police department, around 10:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found an unidentified man dead and face down in the well, which is usually covered by a wooden cap.
"It's a residential well, about 3 foot opening, probably about 20 feet down to water," Watertown Police Det. Mark Conway said. "He was stuck at the top."
Investigators said it appears he was there for one to two days, prior to the discovery.
The victim's brother showed up at the home on French Street on Thursday because he hadn't heard from him. He told police that he found the cap off the well and tools in the area. That's when he looked inside, saw his brother's body and called emergency crews.
"It's a residential well that based on statements from family members he was trying to make repairs to it. It appears he fell in the well was unable to get himself out," Conway said.
Police said the man also lives with his 83-year-old mom. She fell in kitchen and went the hospital, which may explain why no one was home to find the man.
The man's body was extricated from the well and police said the chief's medical examiner will perform an autopsy on the body. Police said the man's death is being called "untimely," at this time, but it appears to be accidental in nature.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News they are in disbelief.
"A bit weird, actually I never knew something happened," Watertown neighbor said. "I would have think that I would have heard something, nothing."
Negihbors said they would see the man outside time to time working on his garden.
"He was a nice person, didn't know him much, aside from using his snoblower," the neighbor said. "But yeah really quiet."
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