SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – An autopsy by a forensic pathologist at Saratoga Hospital revealed that Maplewood Manor resident Carlton Decker, 85, died of a heart attack.
The cause of death was "heart attack", but the official autopsy report and toxicology results are pending. Typically toxicology results take roughly 90 days, although the official written autopsy report is expected in 4-6 weeks.
Decker had been a resident of the Maplewood Manor for several years, and was found in an exterior courtyard near a door by staff who were looking for him after discovering his absence in a routine bed check.
Originally it was thought that Mr. Carlton may have exited his room through his second story window, on to the roof of a first floor wing beneath, but law enforcement authorities are now following up on a number of different leads that have developed since the initial investigation. Specifics as to what those leads are or what is being followed up upon will not be disclosed at this time, since it is a pending investigation.
No further information will be forthcoming from the District Attorney until the conclusion of the investigation by the Village of Ballston Spa Police Department.
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