Thomas Sancomb was “cold to the touch” when paramedics found him lifeless on his bed and pronounced the 46-year-old man dead on the scene. Paramedics did not attempt to resuscitate Sancomb in his Milwaukee apartment because the condition of his body indicated he’d been dead for some time. The paramedics reported he was “in rigor,” which would indicate he was beyond resuscitation.
According to the Canada Journal on May 24, the Milwaukee Police Department got a call from Sancomb’s girlfriend who had not been able to reach him in two days and she requested a well-being check on the man. When Sancomb didn’t answer the door, police had the building manager let them in.
They found Sancomb dead and it appeared that he had collapsed at the end of his bed. This information was from obtained from the “heavily-redacted report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner,” reports the Canada Journal.
Once finding the man dead, the officer called for help. When paramedics arrived they felt there was nothing they could do as he was “cold to the touch” and “in rigor.” Succomb’s time of death was pronounced at 2:10 p.m. and his brother was called to inform him of his death by forensic investigator Genevieve Penn. The brother wanted to know his cause of death, so he requested a post-mortem examination.
Penn writes in her report that a transport team arrived to take the body to the mortuary, but plans changed when Sancomb started to move and had “spontaneous respirations,” but still no pulse. Due to the change of the condition of this dead man, as he appeared to literally come back from the dead, Penn called the paramedics back to the scene.
The paramedics got a pulse during the transport to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital. Sancomb is still recuperating in the hospital. His brother said that he was not one to do drugs and that he might have a cigar and a drink once in a while. He did say that he saw his brother about two weeks prior to this incident and was concerned about how his brother was walking.
Sancomb’s diagnosis was not disclosed due to privacy laws. The diagnosis from the hospital had been redacted from the police report, but his brother offered an explanation.
According to ABC Local the brother explained that, Thomas Sancomb “has a thyroid problem, which put him in a rare coma and dropped his body temperature to 84 degrees. the man’s neck and jaw were stiff, and first responders thought rigor was setting in.” This rare condition mimicked death and that is just what the first responder thought occurred, the man appeared dead and it looked as if he had been dead for some time.