Death of Man Found in Parking Area of Trail in Watertown Appears Suspicious: PD

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Police are investigating after a man was found dead in the parking area of a conservation trail in Watertown on Saturday and authorities said the circumstances of his death appear suspicious in nature.

Officers received a call from passing motorists about an unresponsive man in the dirt parking area of the Echo Lake conservation trail off of Ice House Road shortly before 8 a.m.

When first responders arrived, they said they found the man was dead. Police described the man as being approximately 30 years old, but have not released his identity while his next of kin is notified. They said the man is not local to Watertown, but they believe he is from Connecticut.

According to investigators, the circumstances around the man's death appear to be suspicious in nature. Police added that they can't make a determination if foul play was involved at this point.

Authorities said there is no obvious cause of death or significant trauma to the man. The man has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further investigation.

Investigators said the man was found close to the road and the area is not highly traveled. They are looking into finding video surveillance, but the area where the man was found doesn't have video cameras.

The Watertown Police Department's detective bureau and Connecticut State Police's Major Crime Squad are investigating.

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