Death of alleged gun burglar ruled accidental

NORWICH – State Police in Norwich have released information pertaining to the cause of death of a body found early Friday afternoon. The body, identified as that of 29-year-old Christopher M. Gonzalez, was recovered from a wooded area on County Road 36 – known as the Norwich-Guilford Rd. – in the vicinity of Guinn Ridge Road in the Town of Norwich.

An autopsy conducted on Jan. 11 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton by Dr. Robin Eastman-Abbaya determined the cause of death to be from hypothermia, with a secondary contributing factor of drug toxicity. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

On Jan. 8, State Police announced Gonzalez as a subject wanted for questioning in connection to the two separate burglaries of 26 handguns, six long guns and a large amount of ammunition from Mayhood’s Sporting Goods in the Town of Norwich. Police say those burglaries took place between 9:52 p.m. on Jan. 6 and 6 a.m. Jan. 7.

Gonzalez had remained at large Thursday, despite reports from several medial outlets that he had been captured and placed into custody.

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