A middle-aged man whose brother found him dead in a well at his home in Watertown on Thursday may have been there for days, according to police.
Investigators said the 58-year-old man's brother hadn't heard from him for several days and went to check on him at his house on French Street. There he found the man face-down in a well.
Police said the man apparently fell in and became lodged about 5 feet down into the well, which extends at least 25 feet into the ground. Investigators believe he was dead for at least a day or two before his brother discovered his body.
While the incident is still under investigation, police said it was likely an accident. The man apparently had a rope with him to retrieve water from his garden when he fell in. The well's wooden cap had been removed and police found tools nearby.
The medical examiner is working to determine the man's cause of death. Police speculate he may have drowned.