The body of Alan Sitterly was discovered near a ravine behind the Chesnut Glen Apartments Wednesday evening, Norwalk police Capt. Mike Conney said.
Officers discovered the body after launching a search for Sitterly when his sister went to the police department at about 6 p.m. with an audio CD she had received in the mail from her brother. From the message he left on the disc, it was apparent Sitterly was at risk to commit suicide.
When police went to his Chestnut Glen apartment to look for him, no one answered the door. Police then expanded their search outside, where they found Sitterly’s body some distance from the complex, Conney said.
It was apparent he had died from a gunshot wound. Officers found a .45-caliber handgun near his body. The county coroner estimated his body had been there for about 12 hours before it was discovered. His remains were released to a funeral home.
“After listening to the audio and finding him at the scene, it completely suggests, or confirms, that it was suicide,” Conney said.