State Police: Man found dead near I-84 in Danbury was homeless

May 3, 2019

DANBURY — The New York State man found dead Thursday morning near I-84 was homeless at the time of his death, according to state police.

Connecticut State Police reported Thursday that 63-year-old Herbert Ruehle was from Carmel, N.Y. — but Carmel police said Friday that his last known residence was in Kent, N.Y.

“Everybody in the town of Kent has a mailing address in Carmel,” said Sgt. Smith of the Carmel Police Department, who declined to give her first name.

Sgt. Alex VanderWoude from the Town of Kent Police Department said Friday morning that his department had not been contacted by any agency involved in the investigation “as of yet.”

The investigation started after a highway worker called police around 11:10 a.m. Thursday after finding what appeared to be a dead body in a vegetated area near Exit 4.

City and state police, along with detectives from the Western District Major Crimes Squad, responded to the Lake Avenue ramps and discovered the body of a man, later identified as Ruehle.

The area is heavily trafficked, with several shopping plazas and hotels within walking distance of where the body was discovered.

State police reported that there was no indication of foul play. Ruehle’s death was “untimely,” State Police Sgt. Dwight Washington said Friday.

Because of the body’s location, state police are handling the investigation, Danbury Police Detective Lt. Mark Williams said.

“Anytime anything like this happens, it’s very sad,” Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Thursday. He declined to comment further since police are still investigating.

Washington said Ruehle’s body was taken to the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office.

As of 10:35 a.m. Friday, his body had not yet been positively identified.