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Posted at 7:02 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Metro police seek 'person of interest'

By Ann Scott Tyson

Metro police are seeking a person who may have knowledge about the death of Lou Stancari, a Smithsonian archivist, whose body was found on the tracks at Farragut North Station on Jan. 15.

"We have a person of interest. We are following that," said Metro Police Chief Michael Taborn on Thursday. The person "may know more," about the death, he said.

The District medical examiner's office earlier this month ruled the death as accidental. Taborn said the office could not attribute the death to suicide, and had not yet released toxicology reports based on an autopsy.

"The investigation continues," he said.

Stancari, 63, had last been seen by friends late the night before his body was found. They said he did not appear depressed.

Stancari was considered a talented set designer. He worked for theaters on evenings and weekends and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1992 for his set design for a Signature Theatre production of "Sweeney Todd." In addition to working with community theater groups, he was a founding artistic associate at Signature, and designed more than 25 sets there over 20 years, according to Lou Simmons, a stage manager there.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | February 24, 2011; 7:02 PM ET
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