OCEAN CITY — Although the final autopsy results have not been made public, Ocean City Police have ruled out foul play in a death of a New Jersey man last weekend deemed “suspicious” initially.
Around 3 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City emergency responders received a call about an adult male being found unconscious and unresponsive in a room at the Princess Bayside Hotel on 47th Street. Ocean City Police and Emergency Services responded to the scene and unsuccessfully began emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim, later identified as Jorge Troca, 38, of Lyndhurst, N.J.
The initial release on the incident from the OCPD said an investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death was underway and the department’s Criminal Enforcement Division had characterized the death as suspicious. Early reports from other media sources erroneously asserted Troca had been stabbed and the news of a possible homicide in the resort spread over social media sites. However, by Sunday, the OCPD had reported the death was no longer being characterized as suspicious.
“The results of the autopsy at this time are pending, however, investigations in the case have determined that no foul play was involved in Troca’s death,” the OCPD reported Sunday.
OCPD Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal told The Dispatch Monday the injuries to the victim that first lent credence to the “suspicious” characterization of the incident were unfounded.
“The unattended death was initially seen as suspicious by our detectives because of injuries on the body,” she said. “Detectives later determined that these injuries were sustained post-mortem due to emergency lifesaving efforts.”
The victim’s brother, Victor Troca, told NorthJersey.com that his brother had suffered cardiac arrest. Victor Troca also addressed the stabbing rumor with that media outlet.
“That was completely wrong,” he told NorthJersey.com. “He had a superficial wound that, through word of mouth, suddenly became ‘he got stabbed.’”
According to his obituary from Buyus Funeral Home, Troca was a longshoremen for ILA Local 1235 of Newark, N.J. for many years. Victor Troca said the victim was on vacation in Ocean City at the time and someone in the hotel room woke up from the sound of him hitting the floor and called 911 immediately.