Death of Man Found in Stamford Park Ruled Drowning

The results of an autopsy on a 50-year-old Stamford resident were made available Tuesday.

According to Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn, the man found dead in the waters of Horseshoe Crab Beach at Cove Island Park died from asphyxiation by submergence, or drowning.

Identified Monday as Frank Kuleba, of the first block of Dean St., Hohn said the leading hypothesis is that he apparently fell along some rocks near the point of the beach and struck his head, knocking himself unconscious and landed in water deep enough in which to drown.

Police said Kuleba was found with his headphones and a small laceration was found behind his right ear, but no signs of a struggle or outward trauma. They ruled out any medical or heart condition leading to the death, but also ruled out foul play.

Hohn said they are awaiting results of a toxicology report and have currently labeled the death accidental.


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