State police at Huntingdon have determined that an Altoona man who fell from a boat at Lake Raystown in July died from a drug overdose, not a drowning.
Trooper Todd A. Roby, an investigator from the Huntingdon state police barracks, executed a search warrant on Friday in Blair County to obtain the medical records of Kenneth Alvin Fleck.
Fleck, 51, a Navy veteran with 32 years' service, fell into Lake Raystown on the morning of July 31, a mile from Snyder's Run Boat Launch. A team of divers found his body about 2 hours later in 11-foot-deep water.
Initial reports were that Fleck possibly died from drowning or from a medical condition.
But, in a state police affidavit Friday, police stated that the autopsy performed by Dr. Harry Kamerow of Centre County determined he died from "an overdose of multiple drugs and not drowning."
Results of the autopsy, which was conducted on Aug. 1, indicated a synthetic narcotic, Tramadol, was present in the body at 10 times the normal therapeutic level.
Bupropion, also known as Wellbutrin, was also found at an elevated level, the autopsy showed.
Kamerow asked police to obtain a copy of Fleck's medical records to determine what medication had been prescribed for him and at what dosage. Investigators will use the records to determine the time frame and amount ingested by Fleck prior to his death.
The medical records being sought were from the Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona.
State police met with Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic on Friday to discuss the Fleck investigation. Zanic said he could not comment on the case, at least until authorities had the opportunity to peruse Fleck's medical records.
Investigators from the Huntingdon barracks were not available for comment Friday afternoon.
Blair County Deputy District Attorney Wade Kagarise approved the search warrant.
Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.