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Autopsy concludes Westlake man died of accidental drowning in Cuyahoga River

Caleb Marple went missing May 18, body found in Cuyahoga River 11 days later.
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CLEVELAND — The death of a Westlake man who went missing in May before his body was found in the Cuyahoga River died from an accidental drowning, according to a final autopsy report.

The report from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office was released this week. It found Caleb Marple, 39, accidentally fell into the river and subsequently drowned.

County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson performed the autopsy.

The final report includes toxicology tests which detected the presence of alcohol and amphetamines in Marple’s system.

Marple’s disappearance May 18 in the Warehouse District in Cleveland sparked a wide-search by his friends, family and Cleveland rescue workers. He was seen leaving the Barley House on West 6th Street about midnight.

The search ended May 29 when Marple’s body was recovered from the river, wedged near a yacht outside Christie’s Cabaret at 1180 Main Ave.

The autopsy revealed blunt impact laceration wounds to his head, but authorities say the injuries happened after his death. There was no indication of foul play, the report concluded.


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