Sheriff: Lone Rock man’s death not homicide

53-year-old was extremely intoxicated night before his death, officials say
Sheriff: Lone Rock man’s death not homicide

Officials believe the man who was found dead outside in Lone Rock Tuesday morning was not murdered, according to a release.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is nearing the end of the preliminary investigation and has determined that 53-year-old Richard Calandra was the only person present at the scene at the time of his death.

Calandra had been drinking all day Monday and was extremely intoxicated when he left a Lone Rock tavern around 8:30 p.m., Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin said in the release. A witness saw the intoxicated Calandra crawling alone on the sidewalk toward his home.

Another witness reported seeing him leaning against his house around 10:30 p.m., officials said.

Investigators said Calandra repeatedly attempted to gain entry into his locked residence, but was unable to do so.

Berglin said that evidence at the scene indicated that Calandra was alone at the time of his death, and the autopsy confirmed that he did not suffer any external or internal injuries caused by another person.