Autopsy: 1959 artist’s death may have followed fall or push

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A forensic pathologist says the 1959 death of Norwich artist Ellis Ruley was the result of hypothermia, but the 77-year-old man may have been assaulted or pushed to the ground.

Pathologist Michael Baden said Monday that following autopsies last autumn he believes Ruley could have died if he collapsed because of a “cardiac abnormality” or other health reason. Or, he says, Ruley could have been pushed.

The Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1HZic2v ) that Baden said Ruley fell to the ground and froze to death, but couldn’t say how he fell.

He also says Douglas Harris Jr., Ruley’s 38-year-old son-in-law, was strangled before his body was placed upside down in a well in 1948.

Norwich police say they plan to use Baden’s findings to renew investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

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