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Autopsy confirms no foul play in Woodstock man’s death

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(Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Woodstock police investigate the scene after an elderly man was found dead near Calhoun and Hayward streets in Woodstock.

WOODSTOCK – Preliminary autopsy findings Tuesday confirmed no foul play in the death of a 70-year-old man found outside near his Woodstock home this week, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office said.

John J. McManus, of 128 S. Hayward St., died as a result of acute coronary thrombosis – blockage of a coronary artery by a blood clot, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said. There also was evidence of previous heart damage from coronary atherosclerosis.

Woodstock police were called to the area where Calhoun Street ends at Hayward Street for a report of a man who was unresponsive on the ground about 7:15 a.m. Monday.

Resident Tracey Grex-Heleniak found McManus in her driveway when she went outside to warm up her vehicle and called 911.

“He wasn’t moving, and his hands were purple,” she said. “I knew something was definitely wrong.”

Tiffany Burmingham lives in the plantation-style home turned into apartment units next to where his body was found. She said she woke about 9 a.m. and saw yellow crime-scene tape around her building at 200 S. Hayward St.

“My first thought was that my landlord must be doing something out there,” Burmingham said. “Then I looked closer, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

McManus was found partly clothed in a red shirt and on his side in a grassy area near a picket fence.

Woodstock police Chief Robert Lowen said it appeared as though McManus had been there for some time.

McManus was pronounced dead at the scene. He also suffered a fractured pelvis from a fall, Majewski said.

The Major Investigation Assistance Team, made up of officers from several departments, was called in to help.

A toxicology report is pending.

• Reporter Sarah Sutschek contributed to this report

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