Cause of missing man’s death ruled a drowning

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

According to Monroe County coroner Alan Gurley, autopsy results from Thursday morning show that Harold Wright’s death was due to a drowning.

“I’m not making any final ruling on the circumstances until the law enforcement’s investigation is finished,” Gurley said.

The Aberdeen native, who had been missing since April, was found Wednesday in his 2004 Ford Ranger Edge in a creek bed just east of the Buttahatchee River in the Bartahatchie community.

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said his department received a call Wednesday afternoon that the truck was spotted submerged in water.

“We dispatched a couple of deputies and we could see the truck underwater. We wanted to make sure it was him,” Cantrell said.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case