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Javins' death ruled accidental

Monday, December 17, 2007

TERRE HAUTE--After more than five years, Scott Javins' parents learned their son died of accidental drowning Monday when Vigo County officials released information about the case at a press conference at the Vigo County Sheriff's Dept.

Pathologist/Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr released details of a report prepared by the team of University of Indianapolis forensic pathologists detailing the investigation performed on the car and Javins' remains and his conclusions about the case.

The report determined there was no evidence of gunshot or blunt force trauma to Javins' body, and there was no evidence of robbery, damage or attempt to dispose of Javins' personal possessions that were discovered in the vehicle.

This led Kohr to believe Javins' death was accidental.

Officials are awaiting the toxicology reports, which are being performed in Indianapolis, to determine the cause of death. An official cause cannot be determined through bone examination only, however, the accident is consistent with drowning synopsis.

Apparently, Javins, an Indiana State University student, parked his silver Honda near the Fairbanks Park Boat Ramp after leaving a party on May 24, 2002.

Although witnesses reported Javins was intoxicated when he left the party, it is unclear if he was attempting to sober up or fell asleep while parked at the boat ramp.

Kohr believes Javins was too intoxicated to escape from inside the submerged car, which was in the wrong gear when it rolled into the water.

Acting on a tip on Oct. 12, six members of the Indiana State Police dive team discovered Javins' silver Honda in the Wabash River a few feet from the Fairbanks Park Boat Ramp.

Funeral arrangements for Scott Javins have been made at Roselawn Funeral Home, with visitation Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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