Lawrence police on Wednesday identified 25-year-old Brandon Michael Sims as the man whose body was found Tuesday after an apparent fall at The Oread, 1200 Ave.
The electrician who found Sims said many questions surround the circumstances of the death, which remains under investigation by police.
“He was a good kid. He had a good attitude. He never gave any indication that he would ever want to do any harm to himself,” said Jon Reed, a Lawrence resident who works for Quality Electric, a subcontractor working on The Oread, a multi-level building that includes a hotel, condominiums and other businesses.
According to Reed and a police report, Sims was an employee of Front Row Audio in Lawrence. Reed said for eight months he worked alongside Sims, who helped run audio cable into the upper-level condominiums for items such as speakers, security cameras and alarms in condominiums at The Oread.
Reed, 36, said he had started work Tuesday morning at The Oread and walked to the hotel’s seventh floor. He was assessing the area when he looked down and saw the body on a second-floor balcony.
“He was already there when we got there to work,” Reed said.
Lawrence police are still investigating the case and would not release further details Wednesday. A woman who answered the phone at Douglas County Coroner Erik Mitchell’s office Wednesday said the ongoing investigation meant officials could not release any information.
Reed believed Sims was not working when the incident occurred because others had seen him go home after work Monday. He said Sims often returned to the hotel to socialize after work.
Reed said he was unsure how the fall could have occurred.
Sims has a Missouri driver’s license. His address on the police report was the College Motel, 1703 W. Sixth St., but Reed said he believed Sims had recently been staying with friends.
“He was a good, hard-working kid who showed up to work every day and was pretty happy for the most part,” Reed said.
The police report for the death investigation indicates officers are looking into events as far back as Monday evening.
Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, on Tuesday said officers were conducting a thorough investigation of the victim’s background and activities leading up to the event.
“These types of investigations proceed at a methodical pace and subsequent information may be released as the facts become known,” Sarna said Tuesday.
The Oread officials on Wednesday said hotel management and employees were “continuing to work with the police department during the investigation.”
“Our family at The Olivia Collection and The Oread hotel would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Brandon Sims,” said Nancy Longhurst, general manager of The Olivia Collection, a management company that owns The Oread.