Sunday, October 4, 2015

Man, 86, becomes first homicide victim in W. Chester since '07

The discovery of an 86-year-old man's body on Monday has been ruled a homicide, West Chester police said this morning.

Man, 86, becomes first homicide victim in W. Chester since '07



The death of an 86-year-old man  whose body was found on Monday in his apartment has been ruled a homicide, West Chester police said this morning.

West Chester Police Chief Scott L. Bohn said an autopsy conducted last night indicated Augusto Rivera was fatally strangled and suffocated.

Bohn said his department received a call from a friend of Rivera’s on Monday. The friend said he had not been able to contact Rivera, ”which was unusual,” and asked police to check on him, Bohn said.

Officers went to Rivera’s apartment in the 200 block of South Matlack Street, where he lived alone, about 4:40 p.m. and found the body, Bohn said.

“The officers notified the criminal unit based on observations that the death did not occur from natural causes,” Bohn said, adding that an investigation is continuing.

Rivera’s death is the first homicide in the borough since a drug-related, fatal shooting in July 2007, Bohn said.

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