Autopsy Results Confirm Drowning Death for Sartell Man

Autopsy Results Confirm Drowning Death for Sartell Man Click to Enlarge Photo:

Jul 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

FOLEY, Minn. (KNSI) - An autopsy points to fresh water drowning as the official cause of death for a Sartell man last month, says the Benton County Sheriff's Office. 

59 year-old Thomas Theisen's body was discovered in Little Rock Lake on June 8th, one day after he reportedly wandered away from the scene of a one-vehicle crash, in which he was a passenger.

At 11:30 p.m. on June 7th, the Benton County Sheriff's Office received word that a crash had occured on a bridge over the Harris Channel in Watab Township. An investigation revealed Theisen was riding in the vehicle, driven by Mary Stein, when she drove into a guardrail. 

Both Stein and a witness called 911, which alerted the State Patrol, the Rice Police Department, the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Gold Cross Ambulance.

However, by the time authorities reached the scene, Theisen was nowhere to be found. 

Officials conducted land and air searches, yielding nothing. During this time, witnesses informed them Theisen had shown signs of alcohol consumption following the crash.

A day later, the Sauk Rapids Fire Department and the Stearns County Water Patrol discovered Theisen's body in the lake near the Hwy 10 bridge. 

The autopsy results, prepared by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, list drowning as the official cause of death, with the manner of death listed as 'unclassified.'

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