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Autopsy: Army sergeant drowned in Bolin Creek

Posted March 14, 2012

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— The death of an Army sergeant stationed at Fort Bragg whose body was found in a Chapel Hill creek in November has been ruled a drowning, according to autopsy results released Wednesday.

A jogger on the Bolin Creek Trail found the body of a 24-year-old Sgt. Shane Scott Pease in the creek near a bridge north of the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Hillsborough Street intersection on Nov. 19.

The autopsy showed that Pease had some abrasions and minor blunt-force trauma to the head, which could have been the result of falling into the creek. Acute ethanol intoxication was listed as a contributing cause of death.

Pease, of Decatur, Mich., was an infantryman in Company A, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.


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  • anneonymousone Mar 15, 2012

    How sad for this young man and his loved ones. My hope is that he did not suffer.

  • Jeremiah Mar 15, 2012

    "Ethanol Intoxication"? You mean, drunk?

  • GetRight Mar 15, 2012

    "Acute ethanol intoxication was listed as a contributing cause of death."

    Not very clear verbiage for "drunk as a skunk".

    That said... RIP Sergeant. Thank you for your service to this country. We are sorry to see you leave before your your time.