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

Posted October 5, 2010 12:32 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2010 12:52 p.m. EDT

— 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.