The Wake County Sheriff’s Office identified the body as that of 25-year-old Tyrell Cohen, and say he appears to have died by electrocution while he was climbing power equipment.
The Sheriff’s office spokesperson Eric Curry previously said a man fled the scene of a car accident around 2 a.m. Saturday, and Raleigh Police Department officers were unsuccessful in locating him. They called off the search after failing to locate the man. A family member of Cohen’s then filed a missing person report Saturday night. Curry said the sheriff’s office then responded to a call from a Duke Energy substation after an employee discovered a body.
Curry said Wake County deputies and Raleigh police are now investigating if the man who has now been identified as Cohen was the same man who fled the accident scene.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office have since told WRAL’s Aaron Thomas that Cohen “was involved in a single-car wreck on I-540 and fled on foot before investigators arrived.” Deputies do not suspect foul play in Cohen’s death.
The Chicago Bears released a statement following the news of Cohen’s death.