Authorities identified the body found along I-290 on Tuesday as that of 48-year-old David LaRoche from Davenport, FL, formerly from Oxford, MA. LaRoche was reportedly in Massachusetts for his mother’s funeral.

It is still not clear how exactly Mr. LaRoche came to rest at the bottom of a 50 foot embankment along I-290 in Auburn Tuesday morning. Relatives had been looking for the man along the highway the previous evening. According to reports, LaRoche reportedly exited a vehicle in the breakdown lane near Sword St. in Auburn, and walked off. A relative said Mr. LaRoche did have some health issues, but it is not known if these contributed to the cause of death. An autopsy is being planned.