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Karn cause of death released

Monday, February 27, 2006

The Indiana State Police announced Pathologist Dr. Roland M. Kohr's preliminary autopsy results Monday afternoon concerning the death of Bradley E. Karn II.

Karn collapsed after a brief struggle with law enforcement during his arrest for a vehicle pursuit that originated in Brazil and ended near Cloverdale on I-70.

Karn was pronounced dead at Putnam County Hospital late Friday evening. An autopsy was scheduled at Terre Haute Regional Hospital as part of the Indiana State Police investigation into the incident.

Pathologist Kohr listed the cause of death as being consistent with Excited Delirium Syndrome (EDS).

EDS occurs when a combination of factors, including morbid obesity, positional asphyxiation, drug usage and physical exertion, occur together. The report indicated that Karn also tested positive for

Methamphetamine, THC and Alcohol.

ISP Sgt. Joe Watts told The Brazil Times Monday that EDS is such a rare occurrence that he has only heard the term used once before during his career. Due to the rarity of EDS, he said that someone from the public or trained officers here, or anywhere around the country, would have a difficult time recognizing a victim of the condition.

"This is an unfortunate incident for the family and everyone involved," he said of the unusual death. "As officers, we don't want to see anyone that we're involved with, either a criminal or someone we're trying to help, die. We take these jobs to help people."

Kohr has listed the preliminary manner of death as accidental, but the ongoing investigation by the

Indiana State Police will continue. A final report of the investigation will be given to Putnam County

Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter for review at a future date.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department was unable to comment due to the ongoing investigation.

No other information is available at this time.

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