Police: Death of Lakota grad found in river 'suspicious' - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Police: Death of Lakota grad found in river 'suspicious'

Joey Labute (provided photo) Joey Labute (provided photo)
COLUMBUS, OH (AP/FOX19) -

A coroner says a man whose body was found in the Scioto River was probably dead before he went into the water.

Franklin County's coroner says there is a "high probability" that Joseph "Joey” LaBute Jr. was dead before he went into the river in Columbus. She says further medical and toxicology tests are needed to determine what caused his death.

Labute was a 2007 graduate of Lakota East High School.

Police say the man's body was found half-submerged in the river on Tuesday. They said they were treating the death as suspicious.

Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz says the autopsy showed no external "traumatic injuries" such as a gunshot or stab wound. It could take weeks to get further test results.

Family members say LaBute was last seen March 5 at a Columbus bar.

Copyright 2016 WXIX and the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Facebook advertisers shrug off its privacy scandal

    Facebook advertisers shrug off its privacy scandal

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:38:35 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:08:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE- In this March 28, 2018, file photo, visitors take photos in front of the Facebook logo at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports earnings Wednesday, April 25.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE- In this March 28, 2018, file photo, visitors take photos in front of the Facebook logo at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports earnings Wednesday, April 25.
    What privacy scandal? Facebook advertisers shrug off concerns.Full Story >
    What privacy scandal? Facebook advertisers shrug off concerns.Full Story >
  • Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

    Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:18:48 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:04:22 GMT
    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him 'with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal' and that 'from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong.' (Source: CNN)President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him 'with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal' and that 'from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong.' (Source: CNN)

    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal" and that "from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong."

    Full Story >

    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal" and that "from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong."

    Full Story >
  • Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

    Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:28:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:04:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    Full Story >

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly