?LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Preliminary autopsy results show that the La Crosse man who went missing last week and later found in the Black River died of accidental drowning according to police and the county's medical examiner.
Tim Candahl released a statement late Monday morning with preliminary results of an autopsy done over the weekend on 23-year-old Shalim Augustine. In the statement, Candahl stated "With the preliminary results the La Crosse County Medical Examiner's Office is ruling Preliminary cause of death as drowning; Manner of Death as Accident. There were no signs of injuries or trauma." La Crosse Police said there was no evidence of foul play uncovered during their investigation.
"Just because the autopsy, the preliminary results show, and they list the cause of death as a drowning and that there's no indication of foul play, that doesn't mean our investigation is over, it's actually far from over," La Crosse Police Capt. Robert Lawrence said.
The statement said that toxicology results should be available in 3-4 weeks. In the mean time, the La Crosse Police wants all possible help. "We're doing further investigation. We are looking at video record in the area. If you have information, if you saw a person walking, we want to know," Lawrence said.
Meanwhile, La Crosse Police continue to investigate Augustine's death. The department is still looking for anyone who may have seen Augustine late Tuesday on July 8 or early in the morning of July 9. They say Augustine would have been near Copeland Park or walking along Copeland Avenue or Rose Street around that time. He was described as 5'9", 145 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last wearing a pink button-up shirt, tan cargo shorts, black sandals, and black sunglasses. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 608-785-5962.
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