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Police investigating suspicious death in Schenectady


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Schenectady Police are conducting an investigation into the suspicious death of a man found inside his apartment Thursday.

Authorities were called to 766 State St. shortly after 1 p.m. to conduct a health and welfare check. Police forced their way into the apartment when they could not make contact with the man inside.

"Once we responded we located a male inside," Schenectady Police Sgt. Matthew Dearing explained.

Police said the man was in his early 50s and deceased.       

"Right now we are treating it as suspicious," Dearing said.

Neighbors of the deceased said they hadn't heard from the man in a week.

Robert Hofer lives in a downstairs apartment.

"Last couple days I haven't seen him or heard from him, but I was a little concerned," he said.

Neighbors said the man lived alone and kept to himself.

Thomas Batteall is a resident and superintendent of the apartments.

He said, "Basically, [the deceased] would leave the building and then go across the street, buy his supplies and then come back home and that was it."

Batteall said he heard a loud thud earlier this week.

"It sounded like somebody fell against the wall," he explained.

Batteall said the deceased man was a known drinker and that passing out from over drinking wouldn't be out of the ordinary.

"A heavy drinker," he continued. "So it's very possible that he fell and hit his head or something like that."

But Batteall said that area of Schenectady is known for violence, so he's concerned for the safety of the other tenants.

"We're in a very bad section of town, and as you can see we posted ‘No Trespassing' signs," he said. "We put video cameras in the building."

Police said those cameras can be critical in their investigation.

"They are checking video," Dearing said. "Canvassing the neighborhood, talking to people who live in the building and neighboring buildings."

Police said no one has been charged, and they do not have any suspects.

An autopsy will take place Friday to determine the cause of death. 

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