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Houston Man's Cause of Death Determined

Coroner Tim Warco said Joseph Schneider died as a result of drowning and ruled his death an accident.

The Washington County Coroner on Wednesday said , the 21-year-old Houston man in Canonsburg Lake on March 24, died as a result of drowning and ruled his death an accident.

The Houston man after a party with friends at the house next door to . He and three friends jumped into Canonsburg Lake and attempted to swim across. 

His body was found 20-30 yards offshore, Capt. Michael Yanchak told Patch.

East Bethlehem Township Scuba Rescue, as well as the Scottdale VFD Dive Team, assisted in the overnight search—Peters and North Strabane police responded to the scene.

Schneider's friends and family on March 26 at the lake in his honor. He was the following day.

Roger April 05, 2012 at 11:07 AM
O-R is reporting the cause of death is not yet declared. This says the cause is drowning. What did Warco say? No, it does not bring the man back, but the stories are not quite consistent.
Andrea Bosco (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Hi Roger - I've attached a copy of the coroner's report above. You're welcome to take a look at the source documentation.
Roger April 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Andrea, thanks for attaching the document. It seems pretty clear on the report. Why would the O-R state "not yet declared?" Confusing....

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