Police investigating death of man found in store bathroom

December 17, 2013

A man found unconscious in a public rest room in downtown Ithaca on Tuesday was pronounced dead at Cayuga Medical Center after police and rescue personnel were unable to revive him. The Ithaca Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that they will be investigating the death.

IPD says they responded shortly before 2pm Tuesday to "a commercial business in the 200 block of West Seneca Street," a description that matches the Shortstop Deli, for a "report of an unconscious person in the bathroom." Officers determined the man they found wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse, and they and EMTs on the scene began CPR efforts. The man was transported to the hospital by Bangs Ambulance, and was pronounced dead.

The victim, whose identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was a 39-year-old white male, with hazel eyes and brown hair, and a thin build, and was found wearing blue jeans, a black vest, and a red plaid shirt. According to IPD, he was not a staff member or a person known to staff at the store.

Police say a cause of death has not been determined, but there was no sign that the death was "the result of an intentional criminal act."

IPD asks that anyone with information that could help in their investigation call 607-272-3245 or 607-272-9973.

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