Vestal police are investigating the death of an Endicott resident whose body was discovered on the property of an old nursing home.

Authorities received a report that a deceased person was found in a parking lot behind the former Vestal Nursing Center. The body was spotted by someone who was walking near the property.

Vestal police officers were sent to the site at 860 Vestal Road around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police crime scene tape at the former Vestal Nursing Center on October 11, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Police crime scene tape at the former Vestal Nursing Center on October 11, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
loading...

Investigators said the body was identified as 59-year-old Benjamin Garrett of Endicott. They said he had been reported missing by relatives.

Police said an autopsy on Garrett's body was performed Wednesday morning at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. The autopsy results were not released by detectives.

A news release indicated there was no indication "that anything malicious or suspicious occurred" to cause the death of Garrett." But police said their investigation is continuing.

An Endicott man's body was found behind a former nursing home at 860 Vestal Road on October 10, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
An Endicott man's body was found behind a former nursing home at 860 Vestal Road on October 10, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
loading...

Police said Garrett routinely walked home at night along Route 17 from his place of employment in east Vestal to his Endicott residence. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue sweat shirt and a camouflage hat. He had been carrying a backpack.

Detectives asked anyone who believes they had seen or interacted with Garrett since 10 p.m. October 2 to contact investigators at (607) 754-2477.

99.1 The Whale logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com. For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

LOOK: 50 songs you won't believe are turning 50 this year

From classic rock anthems to disco hits and everything in between, Stacker surveyed Billboard's Hot 100 list of top songs in 1973 and highlighted the top 50.

Gallery Credit: Kaiya Shunyata

103 iconic photos that capture 103 years of world history

Stacker gathered some of the most iconic images from the past 103 years, beginning in 1918 and leading up to 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gallery Credit: Rachel Cavanaugh & Elizabeth Ciano

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

Gallery Credit: KATELYN LEBOFF