Iraq war vet died of wound to head after fall
Iraq War Veteran James M. Maher was a troubled young man who had at least one acquaintance frantically searching for him hours before his death because he had threatened to harm himself. But a medical examiner has concluded he did not take his own life,
Maher, 27, died of blunt-force trauma to his head. The injury, a result of a fall. There were apparently no witnesses.
Police say Maher had been drinking prior to his death. He had also placed phone calls to friends threatening to harm himself.
A hotel employee contacted The Batavian yesterday and reported that a man entered the hotel about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and said he was looking for a PTSD patient who had left the VA facility and had threatened suicide.
The body of Maher was found in the bushes next to Blockbuster on Lewiston Road about 10:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Maher, a Mechanicville resident, was a patient at the VA Medical Clinic, where he was being treated for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), according to an obituary published in the Albany Times-Union.
The police will continue to investigate the case, according to a news release this morning, as they try to track down Maher's movements prior to his death.