Police probing man’s death in Old Saybrook

By Rachael Scarborough King, Register Staff
Aug. 28, 2008

OLD SAYBROOK — Police Wednesday were continuing to investigate the death of a man found in a Bliss Street home Tuesday, although the chief medical examiner’s office has found the man died of natural causes.

The police department received a call at about 2 p.m. Tuesday about an unconscious and unresponsive person in a house at 14 Bliss St., near the Old Saybrook shoreline, Deputy Chief Michael Spera said. Officers found Pelino Diloreto, 73, dead.

Police ruled the death as untimely and suspicious, and put out a request to other police departments for assistance in locating the man’s car, a tan Honda from the late 1980s. The car was found Tuesday night.

Spera said he could not release details of why the incident aroused suspicion or whether anyone else was in the home at the time. He said that Diloreto, of Wethersfield, was visiting his sister in Old Saybrook.

Diloreto died of heart disease, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. “The state medical examiner’s office has ruled the death natural, however the investigation remains open and active,” Spera said. State police assisted in the investigation, he added.

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