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Police: 27-Year-Old New Haven Resident Identified as Deceased Man Found on Branford Trail

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On March 5, Branford police reported the body found by hikers on the Branford Trail in Stony Creek near the Guilford town line on March 4 was that of a 27-year-old New Haven man. The cause of death, as determined by the CT State Medical Examiner's Office, was suicide. 

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On March 5, Branford police reported the body found by hikers on the Branford Trail in Stony Creek near the Guilford town line on March 4 was that of a 27-year-old New Haven man. The cause of death, as determined by the CT State Medical Examiner's Office, was suicide. Image from scrcog.org )

At approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, March 5, Branford Police updated the public with more information regarding a body discovered by hikers on Thursday, March 4 along the Branford Trail in Stony Creek near the Guilford town line. 

Police said the individual was identified as a 27-year-old male New Haven resident. Police were also present for an autopsy March 5, performed by the CT Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where the manner of death was ruled a suicide. 

The update was posted at the Branford Police Department Facebook page, where police also noted that, out of respect for family of the deceased, the identity of the deceased would not be released until family notifications are made.

Branford Police began informing the public of the incident with a  late afternoon report issued March 4 of heightened police activity in the area due to a body found in a marsh in Stony Creek. Early in the morning on March 5, police updated the public with information that the body was further identified as a deceased male, found by hikers just off the Branford Trail in Stony Creek near the Guilford town line at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. 

Branford Police and Fire departments responded initially on March 4. Branford Police detectives worked in conjunction with the CT State Police Major Crimes Division to process the scene and identify the individual.

The following resources are available for suicide prevention: In crisis? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273- TALK (8255).  Especially for teens or youth: Text 741741 when in crisis. Anytime or anywhere. A live, trained counselor receives the text and will respond promptly. Other assistance can be found at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


Pam Johnson covers news for Branford and North Branford for Zip06. Email Pam at p.johnson@shorepublishing.com.

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