Investigators called the death of a man found unresponsive on a West Philadelphia road with a bump on his head – feet from his slippers – suspicious.
“(Police and medics) found a 35-year-old male, he was laying between two parked cars… he was laying on his back, he was unconscious and unresponsive,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Crews made the grisly discovery after being called to W Thompson Street near N 49th Street around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Investigators found the man’s slippers on the sidewalk, about 5 to 6 feet away from his body, said Small. They also found a silver adjustable wrench – about 12 inches long – about 50 feet away but couldn’t determine immediately if the wrench had anything to do with the man’s death.
“What’s apparent is an abrasion to his forehead,” said Small early Thursday.
He also had abrasion on his elbows, said police.
The man lives about four blocks from where police found him. People on the block heard screaming shortly before 911 calls were made and police arrived, said investigators.
“At this time it is a suspicious death,” said Small.