GREENWICH, Conn. — When Greenwich police officers look for a missing person, they repeatedly return to areas they have already searched in case they missed something.
That’s what officers were doing when they found a Greenwich man’s body in the Mianus River three days after he had gone missing, said a senior Greenwich Police officer.
“That’s our protocol. Keep going back, recheck,” Capt. Robert Berry said of assigning new officers to review previously searched areas. “You never know what you might have missed.”
That method led to the discovery of Kenneth "Kenny" Woodd-Cahusac, 61, on Thursday at about 6 p.m. His body was found by a Greenwich Police officer in shallow water on the east bank of the Mianus River next to a small private dock.
The scene is close to Woodd-Cahusac's home on Cary Road.
The police department’s dive team, along with an investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, was “recovered safely and respectfully,” Berry said.
He was found in an area close to his Cary Road home, a short roadway of modest homes on small lots that runs adjacent to the river.
Woodd-Cahusac had been reported missing on Monday by his sister.
He was autistic and partially deaf, police said. Woodd-Cahusac was last seen by his neighbors on Sunday, walking up and down his street, which police said was normal behavior for him.
In a missing person's case, in addition to canvassing the area where a person was last scene and their home, police also interview neighbors, check train and bus schedules and aggressively mount searches when missing people are reported, Berry said.
“A lot of information comes from residents and neighbors in the area. We follow up on those leads,” the captain said.
Police also brought in a canine unit to help in the search for Woodd-Cahusac, but Tuesday’s snowstorm hindered both the dog and the officers.
“We did a bloodhound search but didn’t find much. Unfortunately, we had the snow falling, making tracks that much more difficult to find,” Berry said.
He said the case is still under investigation and said the cause of death wasn’t known yet.