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Port Jervis Man Found Dead Inside Apartment

A man was found dead inside his apartment.
A man was found dead inside his apartment. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a local man found dead inside his Orange County home.

John Gafycz, 57, of Port Jervis, was found dead on Friday after police were contacted to make a wellness check after he was not seen or heard from for an extended period by his neighbors and friends, police said.

Officers conducting the check at 82 East Main Street, Apt 5, found Gafycz dead after forcing their way inside his apartment around 3 p.m. police said.

An initial investigation of the scene resulted in the determination by officers to seal the area and declare the apartment a potential crime scene. Port Jervis City Police detectives with the assistance of the New York State Police, Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an investigation throughout the night to attempt to ascertain the facts and circumstances that occurred prior to his death, police said.

An autopsy was performed on Sunday by the Office of the Orange County Medical Examiner and found no official cause of death at this time, police added.

Currently, the Medical Examiner’s Office and police are waiting for toxicology results which could take up to six weeks to receive to determine if drugs or alcohol played a part in his death.

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