The body of Rodney Elliott Stevenson Jr. was found in the water near the spillway of the Salisbury City Park on Monday morning. (Photo: WBOC)
SALISBURY, Md.- The preliminary results of an autopsy of a 25-year-old man whose body was found in the east prong of the Wicomico River in the Salisbury City Park indicate the cause of death was drowning, Salisbury police announced Wednesday.
Police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Tuesday conducted an autopsy on the body of Rodney Elliott Stevenson Jr., of Salisbury. In addition to its preliminary findings that Stevenson drowned, the autopsy also determined that there was no injury to Stevenson's head as previous reported by the on-scene forensic investigator, police said. They added that toxicology results are still pending and a full autopsy report is anticipated to take several weeks.
Police also said that at this point in the death investigation, there are no signs of foul play.
The investigation into Stevenson's death got under way shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, when police were called to the park to investigate a 9-1-1 report of a body in the water. When they arrived on the scene, the officers met with a witness who had observed a man, later identified as Stevenson, in the water near the spillway, which is close to the foot bridge by Snow Hill Road and East Main Street. The witness said he had been walking in the park when he noticed the body in the water and then contacted 9-1-1. Officers located Stevenson's body and emergency personnel from the Salisbury Fire Department responded and recovered his body from the water.
Police said the preliminary investigation revealed that at around 8:30 a.m. that same day, Stevenson had left his family home located on the 300 block of Ohio Avenue and was walking to a destination in the area of East Main Street and Mt. Hermon Road.