Suspicious Death Investigated

The Post Star reported that investigators are probing the death of a 58-year-old Granville man at Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after he apparently lay dead in his bed for hours before being found.  John “Punk” Zellars suddenly died unexpectedly at the nursing home.  John Zellars’ death raises question about how closely the ailing patient was monitored overnight, officials said.  However, the facility did not call the Coroner about the suspicious death.

"But a source close to the investigation, speaking under the condition of anonymity because they weren’t cleared to discuss the probe, said Tuesday that Zellars’ body was in full rigor mortis when he was found dead the morning of Feb. 23 by facility staff. It typically takes between six and 12 hours for a body to reach full rigor mortis."

“I saw him Friday night and he was gone early Saturday morning,” Kevin Zellars said Wednesday. “He laid in bed for four hours and 45 minutes before the family was called.”


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