Man with ‘obvious trauma’ found dead in Old Louisville

Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 10:07 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 6:44 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A man with “obvious trauma” was found dead in Old Louisville on Monday morning.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of Floyd Street around 8 a.m. following a report of a person down, Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

When officers arrived, they found the man, who Mitchell said was dead from “some type of obvious trauma.”

The man was lying on neighbor Chris Ryzcek’s front steps.

Ryzcek told WAVE 3 News he found the man while walking outside to water his plants.

“I came out this morning and 15 feet away, (I) saw a guy sprawled across the four steps to our house,” Ryzcek said. “Their response was really fast, like two minutes. They then said you should go inside and wait for the police to come.”

Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told WAVE 3 News he saw the man in the space between his home and the home next door hours before police arrived at the scene. He said he thought the man may have been on drugs, and he went back inside. The morning light brought the truth.

“(I saw) blood, soggy shirt,” the man said. “He was dying. That was his last couple hours, you know what I’m saying? That was his last couple hours.”

Officers arrived shortly after 8 a.m., and spent roughly two hours processing the scene.

“(It’s) tragic,” the unnamed neighbor said. “Disgrace. No unity at all. No peace. Just killing, evil. That’s what I see, a lot of evil. That’s what I see, a lot of evil.”

After officers left, Ryzcek spent the late morning cleaning his porch, using bleach to wash away the remnants of the blood.

“(It) makes me want to readjust which direction my cameras point on my property, but then maybe I could’ve had a better story of what happened because we didn’t catch what happened,” Ryzcek said. “Maybe we could’ve alerted somebody to get him the help he needed.”

The name of the deceased has not been released.

The LMPD Homicide Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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