UPDATE: Untimely Death at Griswold Commuter Lot
This article was published on: 12/15/16 1:36 AM by Mike Minarsky
On Monday, December 12 at approximately 4:30pm, officers from Troop-E Montville arrived to the commuter lot at exit 24 in Griswold following a call for an unresponsive person in a vehicle. Russell MacDonald (D.O.B. 9/20/81) of Jewett City was discovered deceased in his vehicle. Speculation has arisen that cause of death was asphyxiation, but this has yet to be confirmed.
MacDonald was hired on as an evidence officer in the New London Police Department in March 2008. In March of 2015, an investigation began due to the discovery of evidence tampering and evidence missing (including drugs and cash) at the station’s holding room. Federal agents became involved but the case was handed over to the state’s attorney’s office and the CT State Police. On March 28, 2015, a search and audit was conducted at MacDonald’s apartment on Russell St. and according to one witness, Jeff Robillard, he said, “All I know is one day I was coming home, getting ready for work and there was like, 20 cops and they had vests on, snipers, guns out and everything. And they were like, coming from the back and coming from the front, and then he [MacDonald] was gone for two weeks. And he came back, and then they came back, like 30 of them again.” He saw cases being taken out of MacDonald’s home, but was unsure what was in them.
Prior to his resignation in August of 2015, MacDonald had been placed on a paid administrative leave. There were never charges filed. New London’s Mayor, Michael Passero, states, “It is with a sense of sadness to learn of the untimely death of former New London Police Officer Russell MacDonald. During this difficult period, the city wishes to expresses our condolences and thoughts to Mr. MacDonald’s family.”
Sources: Fox 61 News 5/22/15, NBC Universal 12/12/16, Wolverine Radio 12/12/16