NYPD: No overt foul play in French scholar's death

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Posted: Apr 04, 2012 11:09 AM
NYPD: No overt foul play in French scholar's death

The New York Police Department says there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a French scholar found in his hotel room.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Wednesday that Richard Descoings' (day-KWAHNGZ) seventh-floor Michelangelo hotel room wasn't broken into and the scholar's body didn't have obvious trauma.

The naked body of 53-year-old Descoings was found Tuesday afternoon.

Browne says a laptop and cellphone believed to belong to Descoings were found on a third-floor ledge. It's unclear how they got there. Browne says they possibly were tossed out the window.

Descoings was director of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, better known in France as Sciences Po.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid homage to Descoings.