'Suspicious death' under investigation in Winter Park

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— The death in downtown Winter Park of a 44-year-old local man early Wednesday is being investigated as a “suspicious death,” said Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glenn Trainor.

At about 7 a.m., a resident in a trailer neighborhood east of U.S. Highway 40 found the individual — whose name is being withheld until family members are notified — lying in the snow on Wanderer Way less than 60 feet behind the commerce building that houses Blue Sky Shoes, the Ski Broker and Back Country Grill.

The victim suffered from hypothermia and was deemed unresponsive from being outside through the night, Trainor said.

Emergency responders called to the scene performed CPR and transported him to Centura’s Granby Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m.

Police are withholding information about any injuries the victim may have suffered.

Police officers were placing evidence markers next to spots of blood on the icy roadway at the scene later Wednesday morning.

The area was taped off most of Wednesday as investigators interviewed possible witnesses and collected evidence. Trainor said police have not identified any suspects.

Considered a “longtime” local and well-known in the service industry, the victim worked at a Winter Park restaurant where he had closed for the night at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to employees. Police say witnesses said he then went to a nearby bar.

Trainor said police have not determined how much he may have had to drink. The investigation is ongoing.

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