EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified an Evansville, Ind., man who apparently drowned Monday in the Mississippi River in Hartford.
In a press release, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said an investigation continues into the death of Todd E. Brooks, 42, near the Cahokia Creek Diversion Canal.
Brooks was in the area visiting relatives.
The Coroner’s Office was notified at 11:46 a.m. that Hartford police officers were requesting a coroner’s investigator to respond to the scene of where a body had been located near the Cahokia Creek Diversion Canal. Upon arrival of Investigator Diondra Horner at 12:08 p.m., the recovery of the body commenced with the assistance of Hartford police and firefighters, Illinois Department of Natural Resources personnel and Team Watters Sonar Search and Recovery. Horner pronounced Brooks dead at the scene at 12:17 p.m.
It was learned that law enforcement authorities were contacted at 8:55 a.m. by a fishing buddy of Brooks. The friend became suspicious when he noticed Brooks was nowhere to be found, even though his truck was there and fishing gear was in place. A search was initiated by law enforcement authorities and Brooks ultimately was located via sonar submerged in water below a spillway in the canal.
Preliminary investigation at the scene and initial results from an autopsy conducted Tuesday afternoon do not indicate foul play. Routine toxicology testing also will be conducted. In addition to the coroner’s office, the death continues to be investigated by the Hartford Police Department, pending a final autopsy and toxicology report.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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