LeAnne Gendreau

Police ID Man Found Dead in Shetucket River in Norwich

Police have identified a man whose body was found in the Shetucket River in Norwich last month after asking for help from the public to determine who he is.

Two people who were fishing saw the man's body floating in the Shetucket River off Hamilton Avenue, near Palmer Street, just after 8:30 p.m. on July 22 and police said the man appeared to have been dead for a while.

An autopsy was performed on July 23 and the results are undetermined, pending further study, police said, but they do not suspect foul play.

The man has been identified as 54-year-old Jay T. Oat, last known address in Norwich.

The investigation into his death is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561, extension 6, or the department’s anonymous tip line at 860-886-5561, extension 4.

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