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Conn. Officer's Death in Cemetery Not Criminal

ROCKY HILL, Conn. --

A veteran Rocky Hill police officer was found dead Thursday morning in Center Cemetery in Rocky Hill, and police say his death was considered untimely and not criminal in nature.

Lt. J. Paul Vance said a Rocky Hill police officer found Police Sgt. Leonard Kulas,49, at around 4 a.m. lying on his back near a group of headstones Thursday after he repeatedly failed to respond to radio calls.

“The officer was last heard from by headquarters in the middle of the night. Then they began to look for him, to search for him, and unfortunately located him here at the cemetery in Rocky Hill,” said Vance.

Police said Kulas, who was with the department for about 30 years, was working the night shift when he was discovered near a headstone with the last name Turgeon. Police are looking into whether the headstone has any significance.

The state police's major crimes unit is investigating. The medical examiner's office took his body for an autopsy.

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