Drowning listed as cause of death

GLOVERSVILLE — The man whose body was discovered in the Cayadutta Creek last summer died as a result of an accidental drowning, city police announced on Tuesday.

Bruce W. Morrison, 35, of Johnstown, was discovered deceased in the Cayadutta Creek near the Rail Trail between Hill and Harrison streets on July 19 around 10:47 a.m.

Police initially considered the death to be “suspicious in nature” and it was under investigation pending toxicology results from an autopsy performed at Albany Medical Center on July 20.

In a press release on Tuesday, the Gloversville Police Department stated that Morrison’s cause of death has been determined to be the result of an accidental drowning.

The release went on to say no additional comment regarding the incident will be provided.

Since Morrison’s body was discovered submerged face-down in about five to six feet of water in a wooded area by two passersby fishing along the Rail Trail who phoned the discovery in to police, the incident remained under investigation. Police said there were indications that Morrison’s body had likely been there for less than 18 hours when it was found.

Additional details surrounding the incident from the investigation and autopsy results, including findings of toxicology tests, have not been released.

The investigation was conducted by the Gloversville Police Department in conjunction with state police, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Fulton County Coroner’s Office and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

By Josh Bovee

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