Friday, July 30, 2010
Ed Breese thought the man lying naked in his driveway early Friday morning was just another person who had too much to drink.
"I've had people passed out in my yard before," Breese told KAKE News. "People I don't even know."
Breese didn't know this man, either. But he quickly realized something was wrong when he noticed the blood. He called 911.
Police on the scene in the 2100 block of N. Park Place say the body was that of a 38-year-old man, identified from a wallet found nearby. Several articles of clothing were also found, which he may have shed as he lay bleeding. His name is not being released pending notification of his family.
Breese found the man lying lifeless next to his truck. He said police quickly picked up on a trail of blood and followed it for several blocks.
The blood trail ended where the case may have actually started late Thursday night, or very early Friday morning. A window on the front of a home in the 2200 block of N. Fairview was smashed. There was a considerable amount of blood on the ground, a trash can, and spattered across several large shards of glass.
The homeowner asked not to be identified, but tells KAKE News one or more suspects came into his home and stole a computer and two video game systems. In yet another twist, the homeowner says he knows the man who died.
Back on N. Park Place, police spent several hours Friday morning interviewing Breese and his neighbors.
"I asked two police officers... and they told me there was a burglary, and the window sill fell on his wrist and cut his main artery," neighbor Sherri Dills said.
Breese and others gave similar accounts, though nobody said they recognized the man.
Around 1:00 Friday morning, Breese said he woke to the sound of scratching at his back door. Glancing out the window, he says he saw a man fully dressed, but assumed he was drunk and had the wrong address. He didn't answer the door.
"I went back to bed," Breese said.
It wasn't until he woke up hours later to let his dog out that Breese discovered dried pools of blood on his front porch, and a body nearby.
Breese said he couldn't be certain if the man on his porch last night and the man in his driveway were the same person, because the man's clothes were gone.
Police say although the case appears to be an unintentional death, they are still investigating. Several people were being interviewed who may have had a connection to the break-in, but police say there were no immediate arrests.