Congressman likely fell down stairs at townhouse, medical examiners say
U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor's autopsy reveals he likely died after falling down the stairs of his Arlington, Va., townhouse, medical examiners announced Friday afternoon.
The Northern Virginia Medical Examiner's office, which conducted the congressman's autopsy, said his body showed significant injury to the head consistent with having fallen down stairs.
"The medical examiner's investigation will not be finalized until all chemical and ancillary tests are complete," Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Constance DiAngelo said in a statement, "but the death is certified as accidental blunt head and neck trauma."
Gillmor, R-Tiffin, was 68 when he died.
Arlington police said they don't believe foul play was involved.
"The police investigation is not officially closed yet," Arlington Det. Steve Gomez said Friday afternoon, "but our detectives have not uncovered any suspicious circumstances that would suggest foul play."
Gillmor's chief of staff and communications director found him lying dead at about 11:10 a.m. Wednesday in the foyer of his townhouse.
After leaving the Capitol in Washington at about 7:59 p.m. Tuesday, Gillmor failed to return phone calls and never showed up for meetings the following morning.
Spokesman Brad Mascho and Chief of Staff Mark Wellman called police at about 11:12 a.m. Wednesday when they found the congressman dressed in lounge wear dead in his foyer.
DiAngelo said Gillmor's family has been informed of the autopsy findings.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's office, which was unaware of Gillmor's autopsy findings Friday afternoon, said the governor plans to wait until after the congressman's funeral to announce the date of a special election to fill his seat in the House of Representatives.
Gillmor is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Linda and Julie, both in their 40s, his sons Paul Michael, 15, and twins Adam and Connor, 12.
The body of U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor, R-Tiffin, will lie in state in the Statehouse Rotunda 9-11 a.m. Tuesday.
Services will be 11 a.m.-noon in the Statehouse Atrium. Guests are asked to be seated by 10:45 a.m.
On Wednesday, there will be public calling hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camden Falls, 2450 S. Ohio 231, Tiffin. A memorial service will take place 2-3 p.m. at Camden Falls, followed by interment at Old Fort Cemetery.
The public is invited to both services.
-- Source: Rep. Gillmor's Washington office