Who Killed Former Nurse?
Person of Interest Sought in Melrose Homicide
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By David Greene and Andre Rivera
BRONX, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 4- Homicide detectives are set to release a video of a "person of interest" wanted for questioning in regards to the killing of a retired hospital worker, who died mysteriously at the Melrose Houses.
Police say Eric Simmons, 68, a retired nurse was found with serious trauma to his head in the ninth-floor stairway at 320 East 156 Street at just before 1 p.m. on January 28.
Investigators say he died from blunt force trauma to the head, but could not say if Simmons had been struck over the head or if the injuries were suffered during a fall down the stairs.
One police source stated that officials were working on releasing a video that shows Simmons walking in the courtyard of the building with an unidentified male, just shortly before he died.
Police do not believe robbery was a motive and at least one packet of heroin was found at the scene.
Friends say Simmons was a retired nurse who had worked at the psychiatric ward at Lincoln Hospital, until his retirement in 2013. Friend's also say he was a former resident of the area who often visited friends in the area.
As workers from the medical examiner's office removed Simmons' body from the building, one friend vowed, "We are going to get them."
A second police source stated that Simmons had nine arrests, including several drug charges.