Shelburne Police say April death of man, 38, at Harbor Place not suspicious

The state medical examiner’s office is investigating the death of a 38-year-old man at Harbor Place last month that Shelburne Police say was not suspicious.

Shelburne Police said they were called to Harbor Place on Shelburne Road shortly after 5 p.m. on April 17, for a report of an unresponsive individual.

Upon arrival, police determined Donald J. Sibley, 38, was deceased and notified the medical examiner’s office, police said.

Police said they did not suspect foul play nor did they consider the death to suspicious.

A preliminary death certificate from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner states that the manner and cause of death for Sibley as “pending investigation.”

Bennett Truman, spokesman for the medical examiner’s office, said the death certificate would be updated when the inquiry was completed.

Harbor Place is a motel run by the Burlington-based nonprofit Champlain Housing Trust to provide temporary lodging for people with no other place to turn, including the homeless and people with mental health issues.

The death certificate describes Sibley as a single, white man who worked as a licensed nursing assistant. Chris Donnelly, a spokesman for Champlain Housing Trust, said Sibley was not a Harbor Place employee and that the incident did not raise any safety concerns for guests at the motel or the community.

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