Police are investigating the death of an elderly man found decomposing in an apartment in Meriden Wednesday night and they are searching for his Nissan Sentra, which is missing from the home.
Police believe the victim was dead for a few weeks and officers responded to an apartment at 657 East Main St. at 6:30 p.m. after tenants began to smell the body and reported a foul odor seeping through an apartment door and filling the hallway, according to police, who are considering the case a homicide.
"Whatever happened did not happen recently from the state of the body," Detective Lt. Mark Walerysiak, of Meriden Police, said.
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Police have not released the man’s name, but said they believe they know who he is.
As they investigate, police are asking for help from the public to find a 2014 four-door Nissan Sentra with Connecticut license plate 642-YVE. They said it belonged to the victim and anyone who sees it should call police at 203-630-6201.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of the man's death. Police will release the man's name after the medical examiner confirms who he is and authorities notify his family.