Cops ID body pulled from Still River as home­less man

The News-Times (Sunday) - - News - By Mark Zaret­sky and Zach Mur­dock

DAN­BURY — Emer­gency re­spon­ders re­cov­ered the body of a de­ceased 56-year-old home­less man from the Still River in Dan­bury on Satur­day morn­ing, po­lice said.

David Mullen was found par­tially sub­merged in the wa­ter along a steep em­bank­ment where the river turns south near Crosby Street, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Matthew Mc­Nally.

Al­though Mullen’s death is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, of­fi­cers found no signs of foul play near the scene, he said.

“We have checked in on his health be­fore,” Mc­Nally said. “We didn’t have a lot of cases with him, but he was known to our of­fi­cers who work the beat down­town.”

Mullen was be­lieved to be liv­ing along along the wa­ter­way be­hind the for­mer News-Times build­ing at 333 Main St., about 150 yards up­stream of where his body was found in the river.

Of­fi­cers lo­cated Mullen’s back­pack on the banks near the for­mer News-Times build­ing and an­other shoe a lit­tle far­ther south along the wa­ter, be­tween his makeshift camp and where his body was found, Mc­Nally said.

Po­lice were dis­patched to the area just be­fore 9 a.m. Satur­day. Po­lice cruis­ers were there for hours.

The wa­ter was so cold that of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers had to don spe­cial­ized ex­po­sure suits to pro­tect from the frigid tem­per­a­tures, Mc­Nally said.

It was dan­ger­ously cold overnight Fri­day into Satur­day, with tem­per­a­tures dip­ping into the low 30s and the wa­ter ris­ing higher due to the rain and snow Fri­day af­ter­noon, Mc­Nally said.

The death re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. De­tec­tives ex­pect the re­sults of an au­topsy next month.

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