On the morning of August 29 Scarsdale Police got a call from a worried relative of a contractor who had been working in Scarsdale the previous day. The man failed to return home that night.
Police went to the Birchall Road home where the man was working to investigate and found the deceased contractor in a narrow crawl space of the basement where he had been working on the electrical lines. When his body was found, he was still holding an electrical wire. It appeared that the cause of death was electrocution.
The victim was identified as Michael Macol, age 47 of Bethel CT. In order to remove the body from the house, the electricity had to be disconnected and a temporary generator brought in to light up the crawl space. The Scarsdale Fire Department and a Technical Rescue Team from the White Plains Fire Department removed Macol’s body from the home.
Macol had been working at the house with the general contractor on Tuesday and the contractor finished his work and left the job first. When the residents returned home at 8 pm Tuesday night, they found the electrician’s van in their driveway but did not know why it was still there. Presumably, they went to sleep uaware that Macol's body lay in their basement.
The Scarsdale Police Department Investigations Section and the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the death, and a final determination of the cause is pending.