Missing Southington man found dead in truck

Published on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:46
Written by LISA BACKUS


SOUTHINGTON – A Southington man who was reported missing Nov. 27 was found dead behind a New Britain medical building Tuesday morning.

Charles “Chuck” Davenport, 56, was a carpentry teacher at Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden for two years. Southington police had been looking for him since he was reported missing Nov. 27. A New Britain officer found Davenport and his gray pick-up truck behind 1 Lake St. at around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

School officials at Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden told students during the day Tuesday that Davenport had died after receiving confirmation from Southington police.

Davenport, a Southington resident, had not been seen since around 3 p.m. Nov. 27. Southington and state police had been looking for his truck for several days. Davenport walked with a cane and police believed that he likely wouldn’t be able to walk far from the vehicle.

Southington police drove town streets and roads in Berlin and New Britain for at least three days in an attempt to locate Davenport’s truck parked on the side of the road or someplace else out of place, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said last week. “He has trouble walking so we figured if we can find the truck he’d be close by,” Dobratz said.

A Southington officer went up in a plane with state police Thursday to look for the truck in wooded areas and on the side of the road, but also found nothing, Dobratz said. There had been no activity on his cell phone, police said. State police in New Hampshire also checked his family’s property in that state but didn’t find anything.

Southington police confirmed Davenport’s death by email this afternoon. In a phone message to parents Wilcox principal Joyce Mowrey said students are being offered counseling. She also offered condolences to Davenport’s family.

State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell also expressed her sympathy to Davenport’s family and those affiliated with the school in a statement issued Tuesday. “Our hearts go out to Mr. Davenport’s family, his students and colleagues at Wilcox and the Connecticut Technical High School System family during this difficult time,” she said. “We understand that people react to loss in different ways and Wilcox will be making counseling services available to anyone at the school who may need to speak to their counselor or go to the guidance office.”

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said an autopsy will conducted today. New Britain police do not believe foul play is involved and are investigating the case as an untimely death, New Britain police Chief James Wardwell said.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com. Follow Lisa Backus on Twitter @LbackusNBH.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:46. Updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2017 21:48.