By Margie Wuebker
The Coldwater Police Department continues to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of a 51-year-old Kentucky man found July 23 in an alley behind the United Steel Workers Hall in Coldwater.
The body of Felipe Apoliuar Sequeda of Mammoth Cave was discovered around 6:15 a.m. by Doris Goettemoeller, owner of the nearby Hair Expressions, when she arrived to open the shop for the day.
Sequeda, part of a construction crew that arrived earlier in the week to work at the local Dollar General site, had gone drinking with co-workers the evening of July 22. They reportedly returned between 11 and 11:30 p.m. and placed Sequeda in the back of a company truck to sleep, fearing he might damage their rooms in a nearby brick building housing Main Street Cafe.
"We know he was sleeping in the back of the truck at a certain time and he was not in the alley at 5 a.m. when trash was collected," Thobe told The Daily Standard. "That leaves a period of time from just after 5 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. when the body was sighted."
Anyone who might have spotted any activity in the alley behind the 200 block of West Main Street around that time is asked to contact the police department at 419-678-2356. "We have followed up on a boatload of rumors," Thobe added. "This death could be accidental, but we still have questions and the investigation will continue until we get some answers."
Sequeda's wallet has not been located as yet. Co-workers reportedly told police he may have had as much as $700 in cash that night. No money was found in the truck or the alley.
Thobe is awaiting a final report from the Montgomery County Coroner's Office in Dayton, where an autopsy was performed.
Preliminary results indicate the injuries to the back of the head were consistent with a fall from a great distance rather than a blow.
Police have yet to contact Sequeda's next of kin, and there are reports he has a sister in Mexico. The body remains at the coroner's office in Dayton.