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Medical Examiner releases cause of death in Jacob Lavoie case

DULUTH, Minn. (KBJR) — The Midwest Medical Examiners Office on Monday determined Jacob Lavoie’s cause of death was drowning, spokespeople said.

Authorities recovered the 21-year-old’s body from the Minnesota Slip in Duluth Friday afternoon after he was reported missing six days earlier.

Spokespeople say toxicology results are pending.

The UMD senior was last seen leaving Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park just after midnight Sunday, September 1.

On Monday, UMD students, as well as faculty and staff members, received an e-mail regarding support resources and consultation and referral services.

In addition, Chancellor Lendley Black said he sends his condolences to Jacob’s family, friends, and classmates. Lendley wrote that there “is no easy path through something like this, and my hope is that we can support each other to find strength and peace.”

Grandma’s Sports Garden also issued a statement, saying it has been cooperating with Duluth Police and other agencies, and its surveillance footage has been under review. Restaurant officials say their thoughts and condolences are with Lavoie’s family.

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