Police release identity of man found dead in Taylor

Brandon M. Thompson

TAYLOR — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office identified the body of a 30-year-old man found dead in the woods off Elwood Road as Brandon M. Thompson, a Cortland-area resident, in a news release this morning.

Thompson was discovered at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday by Sheriff’s deputies working on a separate investigation in the area, according to police. Officers spotted Thompson’s body lying in a wooded area about 50 yards off the roadway, according to the release.

A Cortland County Coroner responded to the scene and pronounced Thompson deceased, police said. Preliminary autopsy results from Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, as well as investigators’ police work, revealed there was no foul play involved in Thompson’s death, according to the department.

The investigation is ongoing, said Investigator Sgt. Chad Burhans. Burhans declined to comment about when or how Thompson died.

According to Thompson’s Facebook page, he was originally from Philadelphia and studied adult education courses at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES. Thompson was in a civil union, had many friends, cheered for the Philadelphia ’76ers and enjoyed the local band Socially Awkward, according to his page.

Burhans urged anyone with information regarding Thompson’s death to call the Sheriff’s Office at 607-758-5532.

State police forensic unit officers and an ambulance from TLC Emergency Medical Services, assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.