Barnegat Man’s Death Being Treated as Medical Related
The death of a Barnegat man who was found on the sidewalk and unresponsive near a home on Barnegat Boulevard Thursday night is being treated by investigators as the result of a medical issue, according to Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave.
“There’s nothing indicating a murder at this time,” Della Fave said via email. “It’s being handled as a death investigation. The individual had some medical issues. We’ll wait for a determination from the medical examiner.”
At about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to the scene outside the home at 95 Barnegat Blvd., where 51-year-old Richard Bauer was lying on the sidewalk unresponsive, Della Fave said. Barnegat police and MONOC Emergency Medical Services responded and attempted to resuscitate Bauer, who was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
While the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI unit processed the area, Barnegat Boulevard was closed off to traffic between Bayside Drive and Village Drive West for approximately two hours.
According to Della Fave, a witness claimed to see Bauer walk across the street and fall into her father’s Jeep and then fall to the ground. Several of Bauer’s relatives arrived to the scene later, and one of them related to investigators that Bauer had not been to a doctor in several years and had been experiencing chest pains and numbness in his right arm during recent weeks, Della Fave said.
The spokesman said the relative also told investigators that Bauer had recently acquired a medical card to go see a doctor because of the chest pains and a concern for a cyst growing on the back of his head.
At one point during the initial investigation, a woman had called somebody exclaiming, “He’s dead! They don’t know what happened to him!” Another woman arrived a short time later and was visibly distraught, and the two women consoled each other. Several dozen local residents watched nearby as the initial investigation took place.
— David Biggy