Saugerties Police are investigating the death of a 58-year-old man who was discovered in the basement of the Dragon Inn, the 19th-century mansion also known as Clovelea.
Chief Joseph Sinagra said police went to the Dragon Inn after receiving a call from a friend of the man who reported that he had not seen him in a couple of days. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family had been squatting in the Dragon Inn and was know to the police, Sinagra said.
When police went into the basement of the building they found the man’s body. Sinagra said there was no sign of foul play and there was no drug paraphernalia found.
Saugerties police called in the state police Forensics Unit to assist in the investigation and the Ulster County Medical Examiner took possession of the body for an autopsy.
The property, which was purchased last year by Brooklyn-based developer Jason Moskowitz, has been abandoned since a fire closed the restaurant in early 1990s.
Moskowitz has previously complained of individuals breaking into the building and using it for shelter.