According to Pittsfield Police Department spokesperson, the body of a 22-year-old man was discovered in a waste dumpster located on Tyler Street. Based on eyewitness accounts, the authorities have determined that the man would often climb the waste dumpster. The preliminary investigation has ruled out foul play, and the investigators are currently waiting for the results of the man’s autopsy as well as the toxicological report.
On Saturday afternoon, Penny Stockley, a woman living on Tyler Street, declared that a couple of police cars and ambulances pulled in front of her house. Several law enforcement officers descended from their vehicles and went to investigate a waste dumpster located on the other side of the street.
Stockley recalls that shortly after the arrival of the ambulances, the coroner’s car pull in and several individuals began to check the contents of the dumpster. According to the authorities, after receiving a tip from an individual, the investigators discovered the body of an individual in the dumpster located on Tyler Street.
The body was later identified as belonging to 22-year-old Louis Ely, who lives on Briggs Avenue. Although the law enforcement officers could not determine who Ely winded up in the dumpster or how he did, they were able to rule out foul play from the beginning.
Ely’s body was sent to Coroner’s Office for a post-mortem examination. Furthermore, the Pittsfield authorities also order a toxicological examination to determine if 22-year-old Ely consumed anything prior to his death.
Stockley, the woman whose home is adjacent to the dumpster where the body of Louis Ely was discovered, recall seeing the man on more than one occasion. The woman told the reporters and the police officers that she saw the man coming in and jumping into the waste container as though he was looking for something.
However, she does not recall seeing him leaving the dumpster or something else that may shed some light on the man’s death. According to the Pittsfield Police Department, Louis Ely’s death might have been the result of an accident, but, at this point, it’s still too early to confirm or to deny such a hypothesis.
Meanwhile, the investigators are looking for clues in the area surrounding the trash receptacle where Ely was found. Stockley told the reporters that Tyler Street is usually a quiet neighborhood sans for the regular brawls, but nothing as ominous as this. We will be back with more details as soon as the authorities publish the results of the man’s post-mortem examination.
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