MORIAH - On July 18, around 4:15 a.m, Essex County received a 911 call reporting a deceased subject lying on Dugway Road. Responding troopers and EMS workers discovered a male subject in the roadway that had apparently been struck by a vehicle and was obviously deceased.
The body has since been identified as Joshua D. Novak, 31, Port Henry.
Walter S. Martin III, Essex County coroner, authorized the removal of the body to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for an autopsy. It was performed by Dr. Francis Varga who determined the cause of death was due to multiple blunt force trauma and the manner of death is pending further investigation.
The State Police in Lewis have interviewed a driver who told investigators they believe they struck something in the road during the possible time frame of this incident while traveling on Dugway Road.
The investigation into this incident is continuing by the New York State Police in Lewis and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit. Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague was advised.
The New York State Police are continuing their investigation into this incident.