ME rules McCurry's death accidental drowningThe death of Sylvester McCurry was ruled an accident resulting from cold-water immersion and drowning, according to a new release issued by the Superior Police Department.
The death of Sylvester McCurry was ruled an accident resulting from cold-water immersion and drowning, according to a new release issued by the Superior Police Department.
The final autopsy report was received Friday by the department.
The forensic pathologist’s final summary indicated no traumatic injuries were identified, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor.
“The death could be attributed to probable cold water immersion and drowning,” the report stated. “If thorough investigation of the events surrounding death shows no indication of foul play or suicidal ideation, the manner could be listed as accident.”
During the exhaustive investigation conducted by the Superior and Duluth police departments, with the assistance of numerous other agencies, there was no evidence of foul play being involved in the death of McCurry, La Lor said in the prepared statement.
McCurry, 18 was last seen leaving Stargate Night Club in Superior around 11 p.m. Jan. 17. His body was recovered four months later from the water near the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior.
The autopsy revealed McCurry’s blood alcohol content to be approximately a 0.08. However, because of the amount of time his body was in the water and ethanol being a natural byproduct of decomposition, McCurry’s BAC at the time of his death cannot be determined.
The only drug detected in forensic toxicology screening was a prescription antihistamine.
The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office made the final ruling on the cause of McCurry’s death and closes the police department’s investigation.
“Our condolences continue to be extended to Sylvester McCurry's family and friends during these difficult times,” La Lor said.