Missing Coffee Co. man drowned

Missing Coffee Co. man drowned

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten released a statement Wednesday that says Jose Mendez Diaz died by drowning, and the autopsy revealed that he had been drinking heavily.

Diaz' body was found on April 6, after a huge ground and air search. He was the center of a missing person investigation that expanded for over a two week period in the Oak Park Community.

The body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab where an autopsy was performed and a positive identification was made.

The autopsy which was performed by a GBI Forensic Medical Examiner has determined that there were no signs of trauma or injury to the body and no foul play was indicated.

Blood and Toxicology test were performed at the time of autopsy.

The Medical Examiner ruled the official cause of death in this case was drowning "with a significant contributing factor of acute ethanol abuse."

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