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Questions Linger About Death Of High Point Teen

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Investigators are still looking for answers about the death of a 13-year-old boy whose body was found nine weeks ago after apparently falling to his death.

Police have called the death an accident. But exactly howChristopher Dixon died remains unclear. The N.C. Medical Examiner'sOffice says it has not completed the autopsy.

The office also has not provided police with an estimated timeor date of death, said Lt. Jim Tate, High Point police spokesman.

Police are also evaluating their own handling of the case.

Dixon was reported missing Oct. 24 after returning home fromGreensboro's Shining Light Baptist Academy. His mother asked him toreturn empty garbage cans from the curb to the house.

The garbagecans were later found in place, but there was no sign ofChristopher. His backpack was found in the driveway.

His body was found near an unfinished portion of U.S. 311 Bypasson Nov. 2 by volunteer searchers. His body was not visible from theroad.

Police had searched the same area three times looking for Dixon. But Tate said he didn't know if officers looked underneath thebridge.

Police say they believe he fell from the bridge or its concreteembankment and died on impact.

Tate said he doubts the body could have been moved therefollowing the police searches.

"All the evidence we have points to an accident," Tate said.

Police are waiting for evidence reports from the State Bureau ofInvestigation's crime lab. Several items found at the scene weresent to the lab for analysis, but Tate declined to name them.

High Point police Detective Wes Lipe, a lead investigator in thecase, said officers involved in the search met last month toevaluate their handling of the search and investigation.

"We went person by person to find out who did what and whatresources were used," Lipe said.

Lipe declined to comment further.

The investigation won't be complete until police get a finalautopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Mary Loomis, an administrator with the N.C. Medical Examiner'sOffice, said the report may not be complete for another month.

Ron Key, a Guilford County medical examiner, said it isn'tunusual for reports to take that long.

"We look at cases asclosely as possible," Key said. "Autopsies clear up any suspicion."

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