Man found dead, burned inside garage

TRENTON — Police still are investigating the circumstances involved in the May 22 death of a 56-year-old man who was found burned inside a garage in the 1500 block of Westfield.

Alan Gerard Boslet, who lived at the house and served as the owner’s caretaker, was found lying on his back on the floor of the garage when police arrived about 6:41 a.m. on report of a possible suicide. A can of gasoline was near his feet, police said, and his body was charred severely.

The homeowner said Boslet previously had been homeless and lived with him for the past two months. He told officers he last saw Boslet alive about 11:55 p.m. May 21.

The homeowner said he was asleep on the couch in his living room when he was awakened by Boslet walking out the kitchen access door to the garage to smoke a cigarette. The homeowner said he got up and locked the door behind Boslet so that no one else could walk into his house, though he told police that no one ever tried do so in that situation before.

After locking the door, the homeowner could hear Boslet pounding on it and yelling at him because Boslet was upset about the door being locked.

The homeowner said he walked back to the couch and went back to sleep, leaving the door locked. About 3 a.m., the homeowner said, he heard moaning and groaning noises that sounded like “agony.”

He told police he did not wake up to investigate the source of the noise, and that he heard no other noises the rest of the night.
The homeowner said there was a burning smell inside the house when he woke up about 6 a.m. He then checked the garage and found Boslet lying dead on the floor.

The homeowner said the garage door was shut when he checked the garage in the morning, and that he opened it for police. Boslet did not seem depressed or act strangely prior to that night, the homeowner said.

The homeowner said Boslet was estranged from his family and was on a couple of medications for back pain issues, but does not believe he used illegal drugs. He also said Boslet sometimes drank alcohol, but did not believe he was intoxicated before the incident occurred.