A man locked out of his apartment tried to climb through a window, got stuck and suffocated, Columbus officials said.

Jack Kasler, 45, was found Friday, his feet dangling out the window. Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis said Kasler was lying over a board in the window, preventing his diaphragm from contracting.

Lewis said it's not clear why Kasler couldn't push himself through the first-floor window or how long he had been hanging there before he died.

A passer-by told police she thought Kasler was a burglar and didn't stop to help. A neighbor's son ended up calling police after realizing that Kasler wasn't moving.