A Danbury, Conn., probate judge, wanted for questioning in connection with the disappearance of about $2 million in clients' money, was found unconscious Friday night at the J.W. Marriott Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and died a short time later, D.C. and Danbury police said yesterday.
D.C. police called the death an apparent suicide.
Judge Richard L. Nahley, 51, had been the focus of a search by FBI agents along with Danbury and Connecticut state police since his family reported him missing Tuesday, according to reports from Danbury. His Jeep was found parked at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
At 10 p.m. Friday, security personnel at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, found Nahley unconscious in Room 967, police said. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m.
District police did not release the cause of death or say whether Nahley left a note. Nahley had been a probate judge since 1978, according to the Danbury News-Times. Before that, he was corporation counsel for the City of Danbury.
It was reported that eight claims filed against Nahley by legal clients total $1.3 million and more claims were expected to be filed. Danbury police reportedly were investigating allegations against Nahley, but no charges had been filed.