Autopsy shows man found in Pequabuck River drowned, no signs of foul play

Published on Monday, 14 May 2018 13:41


BRISTOL - The body of a man recovered in the Pequabuck River on Saturday showed no signs of foul play.

Police on Monday identified the victim as 52-year-old Rodney Eldred, of no certain address. An autopsy performed Sunday concluded that he drowned.

The results of a toxicology test are still pending, but police said there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the death. Police described the investigation as “ongoing.”

Eldred was found floating face-up in the river Saturday, around 9:50 a.m., after police received the report of a person, possibly already dead, being in the water in the area of Memorial Boulevard and Mellen Street. Firefighters were later called to retrieve the body.

Because of the shallow depth of the river water, police said, it’s unlikely that Eldred moved much from the spot where he entered the waterway. How he got into the river has not been released, as detectives are still investigating.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 14 May 2018 13:41. Updated: Monday, 14 May 2018 13:44.