Police identify man found dead in ditch

Police have released the name of a 50-year-old Seymour man found dead June 17 in a ditch on the city’s east side.

According to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster, investigators do not believe the death of James Christopher Gravette was criminal in nature.

Foster said during an autopsy performed by a forensic pathologist Wednesday in Seymour, no visible signs of trauma were observed.

The cause of death is pending the results of a toxicology report, he said.

At 1:15 p.m. June 17, police received a report of a body in a small creek on the east side of Burkart Boulevard between Fourth and Tipton streets, Foster said. It appeared the male had been there several days, he reported.

Gravette was taken to the morgue at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour pending an autopsy.