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Death of Beacon Falls veteran deemed suspicious in nature

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Connecticut State Police continue to investigate the drowning death of man in Beacon Falls.

Police were called to a home on Burton Road around 4:30 p.m. Friday after reports that a man had been found in a brook behind a home.

Eyewitness News has learned that Sergeant John Kautzner, an Air Force veteran is the man who died. 

When officers arrived they begun to perform CPR on Kautzner but their efforts were unsuccessful.

In 2008, Kautzner sent a video to his family wishing them holiday greetings while he was on a tour. 

"Hi, how are you doing? This is Technical Sergeant Kautzner serving in beautiful Southeast Asia. I'd like to say hello to my mother in Beacon Fall, CT, Helen Kautzner," Kautzner said in the video. 

Sadly, Kautzner's family had to say goodbye to him on Friday night. This was after he drowned in a brook just steps away from his families home. 

"The word has spread quickly and people are shocked and saddened," said Larry Wissink, a friend of Kautzner. 

Wissink was a friend and neighbor of Kautzner's for many years. 

"He was a warm and friendly guy. We would bring our little kid over to look at the pond and we would just kind of hang out and chat with him," Wissink said. 

When Wissink saw the flashing lights, he feared the worst. 

"We were certain it was something bag, but we didn't know what," Wissink said. 

"When the police cars never left, I knew it had to be something really terrible," said Jennifer Wissink, friend of Kautzner. 

Kautzner's relatives told Eyewitness News that investigators searched his home up and down, but no one seems to know exactly what happened. 

"Anything that happens in a small town like this is really a tragedy," Jennifer said. 

Larry said no matter what happened, they will always miss their friend. 

"He was a a very friendly guy and he was easy to talk to," Larry said. 

Police said a post-mortem autopsy is schedule to help determine Kautzner's cause of death.  Police said they do believe his death is suspicious in nature, however, they said there is currently no sign of criminal activity or threat to the public.

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