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911 call: Men's bodies on fire escape for hours

Posted October 5, 2010

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— Two men whose bodies were found Saturday outside a Hillsborough Street apartment building might have been dead for hours before they were discovered.

A man who called 911 Saturday to request police and an ambulance told the dispatcher that he had seen the two men unconscious on the fire escape at the Boylan Apartments on Friday afternoon while he was moving in. He said he thought at the time that they were drunk and had passed out.

When he saw them again 16 hours later, they were in the same position, and one man's face was turning blue, the caller told the 911 dispatcher.

"We called out to them, and they haven't responded," he said. "The guys look dead."

Raleigh police have identified the two deceased men as Ray Allan Ausbon, 21, and Zachary Martin Tigner, 19, of Apex. Ausbon, a senior accounting major at North Carolina State University, lived at the apartment complex.

Investigators said they don't suspect foul play in either death, but the bodies have been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for autopsies to determine the cause of their deaths.

Ausbon and Tigner graduated from Apex High School and were members of Apex Methodist Church. Tigner attended Gardner-Webb University.

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  • lmridley01 Oct 8, 2010

    As I am saddened by the loss of two young men one should not blame a passer by and even though one of the families feel their son would not have done anything to hurt himself it appears it did occur by experimentation and thanks to the family for sharing their concern for others our prayers go out to both families and their friends, in thought I remain

  • SweetB Oct 6, 2010

    Am I the only one who does not blame the guy moving in?? It was not his reponsibility to keep an eye on these two. But he did call later. Goodness its Hillsborough Street - prime college kid location. Surely someone else saw them also. Yes it is sad. They are too young to be gone. But noone knows the full details of the story yet....

  • mejohnson69 Oct 6, 2010

    I am saddened by those who are ok with turning your head to people in need. Whether it's being drunk, passed out, injured, whatever. It doesn't matter what the situation is.

    What if that had been your son, daughter, brother, sister, cousin, best friend, parent, etc? Would you want someone to check on your loved one? I sure would. I'd rather look ridiculous for being over cautious. I pray our society will strive to help others in need no matter what the situation.

  • christinathefern Oct 5, 2010

    I don't care what some of you say about people passed out being common, I'm from Detroit. I've lived in 3 countries and 10 states and in some pretty ROUGH areas. If I saw TWO people passed out on a fire escape at 3pm, I'd either hollar up to them, toss something at them, or call 911. Common courtesy AND common sense are surely dying out, some of the comments here on golo prove it.

  • mcdanielsbrandy Oct 5, 2010

    Some people are scared to contact police...cause they are the first ones they look at.

  • Proud Wife and Mother Oct 5, 2010

    NC-writer and youpeoplearesoentertaining, I didn't want to say anything either, but that's how I intrepreted the title of the story too.

  • jbarron4950 Oct 5, 2010

    How much common sense does it take to check on someone who is passed out? And to not check on them again for 16 hours? I don't care if he was "just moving". That's all the more reason he probably saw them up there in the same position for a LONG time. They could've been helped. Whoever this guy is, I'm glad I don't live near him because he has absolutely no common sense.
    bbad238

    Your statement makes absolutely NO sense. The story said that he saw them while moving in and DIDN'T see them again UNTIL 16 hours LATER. And just why was he supposed to be checking on them? Do you check on everything that you see? And as someone said earlier, it was commonplace to see people sleeping on the fire escapes and benches.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Oct 5, 2010

    NC-writer - I'm guilty of thinking the same thing when I saw the headline...

  • jbarron4950 Oct 5, 2010

    The story clearly says he saw them unconscious on Friday afternoon. Yet he didn't check on them for 16 hours. What's wrong with this picture? Also, I wouldn't move in anywhere with men passed out on the steps. Who would?.....bbad238

    The story clearly said: A man who called 911 Saturday to request police and an ambulance told the dispatcher that he had seen the two men unconscious on the fire escape at the Boylan Apartments on Friday afternoon while he was moving in. He said he thought at the time that they were drunk and had passed out.

    When he saw them again 16 hours later, they were in the same position, and one man's face was turning blue, the caller told the 911 dispatcher.

    The key here is "when he saw them 16 hours LATER." He may have first seen them at 3:00pm and not again until 7:00am the next day. Getting drunk and passing out is not new to college students. And just why would or should he have been checking on them?

  • bbad238 Oct 5, 2010

    The story clearly says he saw them unconscious on Friday afternoon. Yet he didn't check on them for 16 hours. What's wrong with this picture? Also, I wouldn't move in anywhere with men passed out on the steps. Who would?

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