Police discuss fatal drowning

HANCOCK — Police Chief Wayne Butler gave his quarterly report to the Hancock City Council Wednesday, including an update on autopsy findings for Duane Kangas.

Kangas’ body was found April 29 by kayakers after being reported missing on Nov. 7. His vehicle, which he was last seen in, was pulled from the Portage Canal on May 8.

From the autopsy’s results, the department did not find the death suspicious, Butler reported, with drowning listed as the cause of death.

Two containers were found in the vehicle that are typically used for cleaning keyboards, but the gaseous contents can also be inhaled. One container was empty and the other was half-empty.

“Our thoughts are, based on the determination from the (Michigan) State Police, at what speed he hit the water, we figure he probably passed out and ended up going straight into the water, missing the turn,” Butler said. “The door had come open but there was damage to the door prior to that so we didn’t find any cause to believe … anything suspicious took place.”


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