Police spend hours investigating man's death at Willimantic home

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FILE PHOTO - Willimantic police are investigating an incident in a neighborhood just north of the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University. The incident does not involve students, a public safety dispatcher says. 

FILE PHOTO - Willimantic police are investigating an incident in a neighborhood just north of the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University. The incident does not involve students, a public safety dispatcher says. 

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WILLIMANTIC — The Connecticut State Police say they are investigating the death of a man who was found Monday morning in a house near Eastern Connecticut State University.

Willimantic police were called to the home on Aspen Place shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, state police said Tuesday. Medics from Windham Hospital also responded to the house, and the man was pronounced dead. 

The Windham State's Attorney requested the state police Eastern Crime Squad detectives respond to help process evidence. The team was later asked to take over the investigation, state police said early Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators were on the scene throughout the day Monday and into Tuesday's early-morning hours. Trooper First Class Pedro A. Muñz said he didn't know the exact time police left the scene Tuesday. 

State police said the death is believed to be an "isolated incident," and "there is no ongoing threat to the public."

Police didn't say how they suspect the man died and did not characterize his death as a homicide. His body was taken to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington for an autopsy.  

A dispatcher at the police department at Eastern Connecticut State University — which is within walking distance of the home — said the incident did not involve students.

Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener said firefighters were called to an Aspen Place address at 10:53 a.m. Monday for a report of an unresponsive person. 

"Windham Hospital medics arrived before us and canceled our response," Scrivener said. 

Check back for updates. 

Christine Dempsey may be reached at Christine.Dempsey@hearstmediact.com.