TUCSON, Ariz. — An autopsy shows that a man whose mummified remains were
found in a Tucson manhole last month likely died of electrocution.
The report Tuesday from the Pima County medical examiner’s office says the dead
man was holding a pair of bolt cutters in an underground high voltage utility
access with cut copper wires near the remains.
It says the man died between 12 and 24 months before his remains were found May
The body was discovered by Tucson Electric Power crews who opened the manhole
to investigate a power fluctuation. The manhole was last opened in 2009.
Authorities say an identification card for a 51-year-old man was found with the
However, the medical examiner’s office is awaiting DNA test results to verify
the name of the dead man.