Sheriff: Investigation still active into Crown College student's death

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Blount County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday they wanted to reassure the public they are still actively investigating Crown College student Blake Smith's death after preliminary autopsy results led them to say Tuesday his death appears to be accidental.

Sheriff James Berrong said in a news release his office is still following up on all leads. The preliminary autopsy report said his cause of death appeared to be hypothermia/drowning and his death appears to be accidental, but Berrong said it is not the final autopsy report and they are still waiting for results of a toxicology test.

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Berrong is also asking for anyone who has information about Smith's whereabouts between Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. and early Monday afternoon to please call the Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit during normal business hours at (865) 273-5001. People may also call the 24-hour anonymous crime hotline at (865) 273-5200 or leave an anonymous tip online.

Smith's aunt, Jill Williams, told ABC 33/40 in Birmingham that Smith, who is from Trussville, Alabama, left work at Weed Man Lawn Care around 2 p.m. Saturday and drove to his dorm. He posted a photo on Instagram from Admiral Farragut Park around 3 p.m. He never returned to his dorm.

Smith's body was found Monday in Georges Creek near a construction site in Louisville using a drone. The area is about half a mile from where Smith's car was found.

Smith's parents said on Monday the car had been found in reverse with a cinder block on the gas pedal, but the sheriff's office has not confirmed those details. The family said at the time they believed foul play was involved in his death.


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