An 84-year-old man reportedly found dead outside of his Springs home on the South Fork on Wednesday morning may have been in the snow overnight.

Authorities are investigating Ralph Batalla’s death suspect he may have suffered a medical emergency in his yard outside of his home on Locust Drive, where a plow operator found him at 7:35 a.m., East Hampton Town Police told the East Hampton Press.

Batalla was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.

Police do not suspect foul play but are continuing the investigation.


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