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West Milford Man Found Dead in Septic Tank

West Milford

Police are investigating the cause of death of an 85-year-old man who was found dead Sunday in of his home's septic system.

According to police, officers responded to the Morsetown Road home Sunday around 5 p.m. after Benjamin Barbieri’s body was found halfway in the pump tank by a family member.

According to family, Barbieri was working on the system since approximately 9 a.m. that morning.

The cause of death is under investigation but police say it could have been anything from natural causes to electrocution.