New London police identified the man found dead in a Sandalwood Apartment Homes complex on Saturday.
Police responded to reports from a neighbor that a man, police identified as 33-year-old Easton resident, Ricardo Joseph Dasilva was dead in apartment number 6, at the Nautilus St. apartments at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that it was startling to see that police had roped off a unit for hours during the investigation.
"It's just been constant all day," said neighbor Kimberly McDaniel, who woke up to see police near her apartment, "people going in and out of the apartment about three doors down from me."
Police told Eyewitness News that there was no indication that Dasilva was stabbed, shot, or assaulted, upon preliminary inspection.
"It definitely caught you off guard," said neighbor, Jesse Edson, "Especially so close to where you call home, or live."
The exact cause of death of Dasilva remains under investigation, however police said this is an isolated event and there is no threat to the public.
"We had no idea what was going on at all and next thing I know, we get a notification about a suspicious death," said neighbor, Quinci Hill. "And how did that happen with out anyone knowing?"
After surveying the scene on Saturday morning, police said State's Attorney's Office and Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Unit were called in to assist with the investigation.
Detectives went door-to-door interviewing people who live in the apartments in an effort to cull information on Dasilva's death. Neighbors told Eyewitness News that it left them feeling 'on edge.'
"I went up to the office to check with them to see if I need to make other plans, if I'm okay to stay the night here," said McDaniel. "They assured me that police said it was a one time incident and they weren't scared for anyone's safety."
Police are urging residents who have knowledge of any incidence of suspicious activity to contact the New London Police Department Detective Bureau at (860)447-1481.
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