Date: March 20, 2019
To: All Media Outlets
From: Lieutenant Jeffry R. Thoelen
Bureau Commander of Operations
Subject: Middletown Police Conducting Death Investigation
The City of Middletown Police Department is currently investigating the death of a female resident of 54 Cottage Street, Apartment #5
. The female’s identity is not being released at this time. The body of the female was located on the floor of the apartment, which was occupied by her long term partner, and she appears to have been deceased for several days prior to the discovery of her body. A cause of death has not yet been determined, and an autopsy is scheduled for March 20, 2019 by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office. There were no obvious signs of trauma or other physical abuse.
The Middletown Police Department originally responded to the location after receiving a 911 call for two deceased parties inside of the apartment. Police and EMS personnel arrived on scene, and upon trying to make entry into the apartment, the male resident made threatening statements and refused to allow anyone to enter.
Police setup a perimeter around the residence and attempted to establish communication with the male resident to negotiate his surrender. All attempts at communication failed. Assistance was then requested from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group (SOG).
Working together with the Crisis Negotiation Team of the Middletown Police Department, personnel from the Special Operations group evacuated the apartment building and eventually forced entry into the apartment. The male resident was taken into custody and found to be suffering from a mental health emergency and other medical problems. He was subsequently transported to Orange Regional Medical Center via a Mobile Life Support Services ambulance. He remains under the care of hospital staff at this time. He is currently in stable condition.
The investigation into this incident is just beginning. At this time there is no additional information to be released. Updates will be provided as they become available. Anyone with information about the incident or the residents of the apartment are encouraged to contact the Middletown Police Department at 845-343-3151.