New Canaan

Report of Fire Leads Police to Find Man's Body in New Canaan

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New Canaan police are investigating the death of a man found on fire in the woods late Wednesday night.

They said, based on the preliminary evidence, he appears to have died by suicide.  

Police received a call at 8:46 p.m. Wednesday about a possible fire in the woods in the area of Lapham Road, near the town mulch pile.

While investigating, they found a fire in the woods and saw a man’s body in flames as they got closer.

The New Canaan Fire Department extinguished the fire.

The New Canaan Police Investigative Section, the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating. 

Police are working to identify the person and notify his family.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: Here is information on suicide prevention from the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741. 

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