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Published: Monday, 10/17/2005

Drowning likely caused Michigan doctor s death

A preliminary autopsy of a young doctor who was found dead in the Maumee River close to downtown revealed the man likely drowned, authorities said yesterday.

The body of Dr. Shankar Palaniappan, 26, of Ann Arbor was retrieved Saturday morning from the Maumee River near International Park. He disappeared Oct. 9 outside a restaurant at The Docks complex in East Toledo.

He drowned there s evidence of drowning, and no evidence of traumatic injuries, said Dr. Diane Barnett, deputy Lucas County coroner, after a preliminary autopsy.

Dr. Barnett said she will have to wait several weeks before her office receives the results of a toxicology report.

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