Official cause of death released for sailor

From staff reports

Final autopsy results on a Navy sailor whose body was found in the Ohio River in April indicate he accidentally drowned, the Marietta Police Department announced Friday.

Although previous reports indicated the death of Parkersburg South High School graduate Carl Austin Travis, 22, was believed to be the result of drowning, with no indication of foul play, Marietta Police received the final autopsy report from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office recently, according to a release from Capt. Jeff Waite.

“From the investigation conducted by the Marietta Police Department and the coroner’s report, the death of Carl Travis appears to be an accidental drowning,” the release says.

Waite said if new information came up, the investigation could be reopened. It is not known how Travis ended up in the river, he said.

Travis was last seen checking in to the Lafayette Hotel on Feb. 12 while on leave. He was officially declared missing 10 days later when he did not return to the USS Halyburton in Jacksonville, Fla.

His body was discovered in the Ohio River seven miles south of Marietta, near Marietta Industrial Enterprises.