Cause of death undetermined for Dayton man in October homicide investigation

The cause of death is undetermined for a man at the center of a Dayton homicide investigation that started in October.

Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger ruled the manner of 65-year-old John Confalone’s death undetermined as well.

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Confalone was found dead Oct. 14 in his home in 800 block Blanche Street. The police responded to check on him after a woman reported Confalone was not answering calls and had not been seen for eight days, according to the Dayton Police Department.

“Officers noted that mail had been stacking up in the mailbox and noticed an unusual odor coming from the home,” Lt. Jason Hall said during a press briefing last October.

Due to suspicious circumstances, the department was treating the death as a homicide, Hall said.

“We are trying to piece together what had happened, what ultimately resulted in Mr. Confalone’s demise,” he said.

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Police in December said Confalone’s death remained under investigation.

“We are still actively investigating this death to include awaiting analysis and testing of evidence along with the return of information and records sought through search warrants,” Sgt. Mike Godsey, Dayton Police Department homicide supervisor, said in December.