Coroner Determines Cause of Death For Two Bodies Found in Columbia River
KENNEWICK, Wash- The Benton County Coroner's Office just completed the autopsies for Julianne Keel and Nathan Seeley, whose bodies were both found in the Columbia River.
The coroner says both deaths were caused by cold water drowning and there are no signs of foul play. 28-year-old Seeley's body was found Saturday near Port Kelly. 25-year-old Keel's body was found Monday near McNary Dam.
The coroner also says there was a third death investigation and that was on Keel's unborn baby.
"The autopsy did reveal she was pregnant and carrying a 22 week old female fetus," said Rick Corson, Benton County Coroner.
Corson says both bodies were in the water for seven to 10 days.
Toxicology reports for both bodies will come back in about 12 weeks to determine if there was anything inside their system when they died.
Keel was the girlfriend of Bradley Novak. His body was also found in the river. The Walla Walla coroner says he also died of cold water drowning.