Body update: Man may have been left on Partrick road after medical episode
The body of a Bridgeport man discovered on a roadside in a wooded area of town Saturday may have been left there by someone who "wanted him to be found and cared about him," police Capt. Vincent Penna said.
Findings of an autopsy to determine the cause of Sandokan Kayan Harrell's death were inconclusive, officials reported Monday.
Since the discovery of the body Saturday morning, police detectives worked to reconstruct the last 12 hours of Harrell's life, including determining who he had been with and where he had been before his body was found on Partrick Road about 9 a.m. that morning, Penna said in a statement Monday.
Harrell, 39, was found lying on the shoulder of the roadway.
"However, his whereabouts following that event are in question, and detectives are looking to speak with anyone who may have had contact or been contacted by Mr. Harrell at any time after 10 p.m. Nov. 14," he added. "Thus far, extensive interviews have been held with individuals who had been with Mr. Harrell on Friday evening, but a period of approximately eight to nine hours is still unaccounted for."
Penna said it appears Harrell may have suffered some sort of medical problem that resulted in his death somewhere other than the Partrick Road area, and that someone left him there after that event occurred.
"The location of the body and the manner in which he was left on the side of the road appears to have been done by someone who both wanted him to be found and cared about him," Penna said in the statement
Although an autopsy was performed, a cause of death could not be determined as of Monday.
"It's pending further study," a spokeswoman at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Monday morning. "It could take up to two months to determine the cause," she added. This includes toxicology results, Penna said.
"There were no visible signs of trauma evident on the individual," Penna said in a previous statement.
Police called the circumstances of the death "suspicious."
The jogger who found Harrell flagged down a passing motorist, who called police. CPR was performed on Harrell, who was treated at the scene and then taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. Efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead just before 10 a.m. Saturday.
When he was found, Harrell was only wearing a white tank top, blue jeans and brown shoes, according to police
Police are trying to locate a brown FUBU hooded sweat jacket and black skull-type winter hat Harrell was reportedly wearing when he was last seen Nov. 14.
Those items of clothing were not found with his body.
Anyone who locates those items or has information about the case is asked to contact the Police Department at 203-341-6000.