Norwalk Police Identify Man Who Died In River [Update]

Man pulled from Five Mile River last Saturday was suspect in Byram Park pool house burglary.

Update Wednesday 12:20am

Norwalk Police officials identified the man who died after being pulled from the Five Mile River on Saturday as Edward Lee Denson. He was 45-years old.

on Dec. 8 by Greenwich Police after he allegedly broke into a pool house in Bryam Park and slept there for two nights. The address he gave at the time was 1616 Washington Blvd. in Stamford. He was charged with burglary, trespassing and mischief charges.

Authorities are waiting results of the autopsy on Denson.

Update Monday 11:55am

Norwalk Police officials confirmed Monday morning that the man pulled from the Five Mile River on Saturday afternoon has died. Members of the Norwalk Fire Department tried desperately to revive him, using a defibrillator and CPR.

The man was then taken to Norwalk Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police officials would not release the name of the man because they are still attempting to contact next of kin.

Original story

The body of a man was found floating in the Five Mile River Saturday afternoon in the area of the River Park office complex at 800 Connecticut Ave. After Norwalk firefighters pulled the body from the river, they performed CPR and used a defibrillator in an attempt to revive him.

Fire Department Deputy Chief Stephen Shay said the man, who remained lifeless despite rescue efforts, was transported by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital with CPR still in progress.

Shay said the river's cold water offered the possibility he could be revived. The body was spotted by a passerby, and police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 12:48 p.m. Shay said a shopping cart containing empty cans and bottles was at the location, indicating the man may have been collecting them to redeem deposits.

He estimated the man was in his late 50s and didn't have any apparent injuries. As of 3 p.m., police could not provide any information about the investigation into the man's death. The case was turned over to the detective bureau.


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