Vigo County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr released information that Charles Raymond Chumley Jr., 30, died as result of a combination of hypothermia and pharmacological intoxication Dec. 9, 2009. The manner of death is officially ruled as accidental.
Chumley was reported missing by his wife Jennifer Chumley Dec. 10, 2009.
Jennifer told authorities her husband left her in a vehicle in the driveway of a family member's home located at 11300 East Davis Avenue, in the Seelyville area, and walked into a nearby wooded area Dec. 8, 2009, around 11:45 p.m. According to Jennifer's statements, she said her husband told her he would return in 15 minutes. However, he didn't.
On Sunday, March 14, his body was discovered approximately one mile from where he was initially reported missing. Chumley was found clothed and partially decomposed, in a wooded area adjacent to 11236 Grotto Ave., approximately 1.8-miles north of United States 40 on the Clay/Vigo county line.
The following day, Kohr performed an autopsy on Chumley and sent dental records out to a state facility to help with the identification process and tissue samples to AIT Laboratories, Indianapolis, to determine a cause of death.
The toxicology results, according to Kohr, showed "measurable amounts" of methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax in Chumley's system.
However, the positive drug screen is not listed as the primary cause of death.
Hypothermia occurs when the human body (with a normal temperature around 98.6 Fahrenheit) loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerously low body temperature.
When body temperature drops below 95 F, the heart, nervous system and other organs cannot function properly. Left untreated, hypothermia eventually leads to complete failure of the heart and respiratory system, and ultimately resulting in death.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Terre Haute Indiana State Police Post has concluded its investigation into Chumley's death.