Late Friday, August 13th, the final autopsy report concerning Sylvester McCurry was received by the Superior Police Department.
The Forensic Pathologist's final summary included the following regarding the exam of Sylvester McCurry:
--"No significant antemortem traumatic injuries were identified."
--"No deep tissue, bony, or internal traumatic injuries were identified."
--"The death could be attributed to probable cold water immersion and drowning."
--"If thorough investigation of the events surrounding death shows no indication of foul play or suicidal ideation, the manner could be listed as accident."
--The only drugs detected in toxicology screening was Hydrozyzine (a prescription antihistamine).
McCurry's blood alcohol content (BAC) was reported as .121 g/dL, which equates to approximately a .08 BAC in commonly recognized measurements (e.g. drunk driving-type numbers).
However, due to the amount of time that McCurry's body was in the water and the fact that ethanol is a natural by-product of decomposition, McCurry's BAC at the time of his death cannot be readily determined.
During the 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.
The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has indicated they will be ruling McCurry's death as accidental due to cold water immersion and drowning.