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Fortville man killed: Alexander Crouch, 24, tumbled off a balcony on the 16th floor of the Garfield Suites Hotel early Sunday, according to Cincinnati police and the Hamilton County (Ohio) coroner's office. On Monday, police referred inquiries about the case to the coroner, saying they had no evidence a crime had occurred. Officials said Crouch was at a party with friends.

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Fortville man killed: Alexander Crouch, 24, tumbled off a balcony on the 16th floor of the Garfield Suites Hotel early Sunday, according to Cincinnati police and the Hamilton County (Ohio) coroner's office. On Monday, police referred inquiries about the case to the coroner, saying they had no evidence a crime had occurred. Officials said Crouch was at a party with friends. Paul McKibben / The Cincinnati Enquirer


FORTVILLE — A trip to Cincinnati for a birthday party turned tragic early Sunday morning when a Hancock County man died from injuries in a fall from a hotel balcony.

Alexander Crouch, 24, Fortville, died of massive trauma after the

fall, according to the Hamilton County (Ohio) coroner’s office. He was reportedly at a party with friends when he fell from a balcony on the 16th floor of the Garfield Suites Hotel downtown. The hotel’s website lists the building as 16 stories tall.

Police officers cordoned off the area and shut down roads while they assessed what happened after the incident, which occurred just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

The hotel’s director of sales, Mick Douthat, released a statement Sunday on behalf of the hotel acknowledging the incident.

“The hotel staff is extremely saddened over this news,” said the statement, as quoted by the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those families involved.”

A sheriff’s deputy notified Crouch’s parents of his death Sunday.

Hotel officials told the coroner’s office that the men at the party had been drinking. Toxicology tests are pending.

On Monday, the Cincinnati Police Department confirmed that Crouch’s death was not being treated as a criminal act and the investigation is being led by the office of Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi K. Sammarco.

Calls to the coroner’s office on Monday were not returned.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers in Indianapolis.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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