|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2010
STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE UNTIMELY DEATH AT SLEEPING GIANT STATE PARK
On 06-23-10 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Hamden Fire/Police Dispatch received a
911 call from two hikers in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden who reported that while hiking
they had discovered a young male at the base of the stone tower in the park who was suffering
from a serious head wound.
EMS responded to the scene provided emergency care to the victim who was later
identified as Matthew Roche (DOB 3-13-91) of 52 Kimberly Lane, Bristol. Roche was
transported to Yale New Haven Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
State Police Major Crime Detectives responded to the State Park to conduct the
investigation into this death. The preliminary investigation by State Police Detectives revealed
that the victim fell from the top of the stone tower located inside the park. There appears
to be no criminal aspect to this case.
There was nothing suspicious found and no foul play is suspected. Investigation
is continuing by the CT State Police, Central District Major Crime Squad.
A post mortem examination will be conducted on Thursday by the Office of the Chief
State's Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death.
Lt. J. Paul Vance