FROM THE HARTFORD POLICE:
Hartford Police Officers were dispatched to the Bushnell Park pond at approximately 1030pm on a report of an unresponsive person. Officers located the 63 year old male and initiated CPR and emergency medical treatment. He was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The two people who initially found the man reported he was discovered lying face down on the rock skirt wall of the Bushnell Park Pond. He was in contact with the water. Major Crimes Detectives conducted the investigation.
Deceased: Ben Melendez, 63, Hartford, CT
An autopsy was performed on 7/19/13. The OCME has reported the death as:
Cause of Death: Drowning
Manner of Death: Accidental