Police: Apparent Self-Immolation Near Mulch Pile at Waveny


Detectives with the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crimes Unit search the mulch pile area at Waveny on Dec. 20, 2021. Credit: Michael Dinan

Police say a man appeared to kill himself near the town mulch pile at Waveny on Wednesday.

At about 8:46 p.m. on Aug. 10, New Canaan Police officers were dispatched to that area of Lapham Road on a report of a possible fire in the woods, according to a press release issued by NCPD.

“The report of a fire in the woods was called in by a passerby who indicated that a fire was observed off the road and in the woods,” it said. “Responding patrol officers did observe a fire in the woods and as they entered the woods and got closer to the fire, a human body was observed fully engulfed in flames in the supine position.”

The incident “is most likely a suicide,” according to the police press release. “Pending positive identification of the male deceased, and notification to his family no further information will be released at this time.”

Members of the New Canaan Fire Department helped put out the fire and the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s office was on scene, police said.

“An investigation into this incident is ongoing by the New Canaan Police Investigative Section with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” the press release said. “It appears that this incident is isolated is not at all connected to the Jennifer Dulos case.”

In December, police searched the mulch pile area for Dulos’s body.

4 thoughts on “Police: Apparent Self-Immolation Near Mulch Pile at Waveny

  1. This is horrible for both sides.

    Burnt bodies can be tough on first responders and I wish them a speedy recovery.

    My condolences to the victim’s family.

  2. Al Fletcher was well known and liked as a Ring’s End employee as well as in the local AA community, the shock of this cannot be overstated. Many believe there was foul play and that it was not a “suicide”. Will there be a thorough investigation?

  3. I knew Alan Fletcher while working at Rings End. My heart is broken for him. He was such a sweetheart, I wonder what could have gone do wrong.

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