Patoka Lake Victims Cause of Death Determined

The cause of death has officially been ruled as asphyxia due to drowning: Indiana Conservation Officers released that as the official cause of death after autopsies were conducted on 23 year old Matthew Buroker of Evansville and 22 year old Ryan Dowdell of Winslow.

Buroker and Dowdell were participating in a bow fishing tournament at Patoka Lake on Saturday March 30th 2013 when their boat took on water and sank.  Two other men 24 year old Laban King and 27 year old Jacob King, both of Winslow were rescued from the water after the boat capsized.

The official cause of the boat accident has not been determined and is still being investigated by Indiana Conservation Officer Detectives. Once that investigation is complete an update will follow.

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