Friday, May 12, 2017

Update On Fairview Death Investigation


News Release from Fairview Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: May 12th, 2017 10:30 AM
On Thursday May 11, 2017 at about 10:50 a.m. the Fairview Police Department received a report of a man who had been stabbed near the railroad tracks at the NE 223rd Ave. crossing. Initial investigating patrol officers found a deceased adult male lying next to the train tracks. Due to the unusual location of the deceased coupled with what initially appeared to be injuries as a result of homicidal violence and the fact that officers were given initial information that the deceased had been there for a relatively short time period, the East County Major Crimes Team was activated and a search of the area by a K-9 unit and officers for a possible suspect and/or witnesses was initiated. Evidence of a suspect was not found, but officers did locate witnesses that helped the investigation.

The Major Crimes Team conducted a thorough crime scene investigation. During their investigation, they learned the identity of the victim and located evidence that was suggestive that the fatal injuries may have been self-inflicted, but further investigation was required to ensure that this incident was not a homicide. The investigation needed to proceed with the due diligence of a homicide investigation to ensure that information or evidence was not missed and all possibilities were examined.

Through the follow-up investigation, Detectives in conjunction with the State Medical Examiner's Office have determined that this incident is not a homicide and it was in fact a self-inflicted injury. The victim's identity and further details of the incident will not be released out of respect for the privacy of the victim and his family. We do keep the victim and his family in our thoughts and prayers as this is a very tragic and sad situation.

The Fairview Police Department wishes to thank the members of the East County Major Crimes Team for their quick response to this incident to bring this investigation to a quick resolution and bring reassurance to the residents of Fairview that there was not a threat to public safety as a result of this incident. We also extend our thanks to Sheriff Michael Reese who personally came to the scene to ensure we had adequate resources to complete the investigation.

There will be no further updates on this incident.
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