Police identify man found dead at downtown square

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Police officers work the scene of a man who died in his vehicle on the downtown square.

Police officers work the scene of a man who died in his vehicle on the downtown square.

The Troy Police Department has released the identity of the man who was found dead Saturday in his vehicle at the Square during the Pumpkins Around the Square event.

The man was Richard Allen McNaught, 52, of Wisconsin. A Troy police officer saw McNaught slumped over in his vehicle at approximately 3:15 p.m. Saturday and attempted to ask him if he needed medical attention, according to Troy Police Chief Randall Barr.

When McNaught did not respond, the officer immediately summoned medical personnel. Shortly after the Troy Fire Department and Haynes Ambulance arrived it was determined that McNaught was deceased.

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According to witnesses, the first responders did an excellent job managing the tough situation with the children present.

Dianna Lee of Troy Bank and Trust was one of those witnesses.

“The police were very aware of how many children were there,” Lee said. “They had an officer come out with a police dog to draw the children further away from the scene and entertain them with tricks. It was a horrible situation, but it could have been so much worse if the first responders hadn’t handled it so well.”

The investigation revealed that McNaught had been serving as a caretaker for an elderly person in Barbour County.

McNaught’s body did not show signs of physical trauma and the cause of death has not yet been determined. His body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy, Barr said.

The Troy Police Department is investigating this case as a death investigation with the assistance of the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, the Pike County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.