Body Found in Hartford Identified

White River Junction — Police on Monday identified the body of the man who was found dead in the woods behind Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Hartford Avenue as David Woodward, 51, of South Royalton.

Police could not determine the cause of death and are waiting for an autopsy to be completed, but said there were no signs of trauma. An initial report from the medical examiner on Monday showed no outward signs of foul play, said Hartford Deputy Chief Brad Vail, who said Woodward also had a medical history.

While Vail said the circumstances are suspicious, he said the current investigation doesn’t “appear to be any cause for alarm.”

Police found Woodward’s body on Sunday around 4:30 p.m. Vail said he did not know why Woodward was in the woods near the cemetery.

Woodward had epilepsy, his sister-in-law Marie Woodward said, but added that she thought it had been more than a year since Woodward last had an episode.

Woodward was born in Randolph, grew up in Bridgewater and had a history of moving from place to place that included addresses in Barnard, Lebanon and White River Junction, his sister-in-law said.

He had numerous siblings who lived in the Upper Valley.