Autopsy confirms drowning in suspicious death case.

December 4, 2018

Autopsy confirms drowning in suspicious death case.

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MANISTEE – An autopsy reveals that Stuart Donald Johnston, 82, whose body was found at the 9th Street boat launch Nov. 25, died of drowning, said Director of Public Safety Timothy Kozal.

Investigators are asking if anyone who visited the boat launch Nov. 24 or 25 to contact the Manistee Police Department at 231-723-2533.

“On Nov. 25, 2018, public safety officers from the Manistee Police and Fire Department responded to reports of a body at the 9th Street boat launch in Manistee,” states Kozal. “Officers found the body of an 82-year-old male resident of Manistee deceased. Investigators are still investigating.

“An autopsy was conducted on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The preliminary cause of death was drowning.

“The Manistee Department of Public Safety wishes to extend our condolences to the family.”