MURDER detectives have announced a man’s sudden death will no longer be treated as suspicious.
A murder investigation has been launched after Sussex Police responded to a report of an unconscious man on the High Street in Storrington just after 10am on Sunday.
Despite efforts by emergency services to revive the 49-year-old man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem was carried out at Worthing Hospital on Wednesday.
According to the result of this investigation, investigators do not believe that the man died as a result of someone else’s actions.
However, the exact cause of death is still under investigation.
A 78-year-old man, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder, has since been released and is no longer a suspect in connection with the incident.
A spokesman for the force said: “Sussex Police have a duty to protect the public and will always investigate rigorously the circumstances of any death that may have been caused by others.
“We’re doing this to protect our communities and ensure potential serious crimes are thoroughly investigated.”
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Understandably this tragic incident has shocked the village of Storrington and left a family with a terrible loss.
“We apologize for this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends as we continue to support them in understanding what happened to their loved one.
“Based on the evidence presented to us on Sunday, it was necessary to make an arrest and conduct further investigations.
“My team worked quickly and effectively to gather evidence quickly and we were able to exclude the arrested man from our investigation today as we are certain he played no role in the person’s sad death.
“While the actual cause of death is still under investigation, we can assure the community that no third party was involved in this sad death.
“I am grateful to the residents of Storrington for the respect they showed the deceased man while the area was cordoned off by police, those who responded to the witness call and the local shop who provided ice water for our team on the hot day .”
Police will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death on behalf of HM Coroner.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21221965.sussex-police-not-treating-storrington-death-suspicious/?ref=rss Sussex Police are not treating Storrington’s death as suspicious