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NC lawyer drowns in Turks, Caicos Islands while snorkeling

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands — Turks and Caicos Islands police say autopsy results are pending for an North Carolina attorney who apparently drowned while snorkeling.

Police spokesman Kevin Clarke says an official autopsy for 46-year-old Jeffrey Trent of Charlotte should be available in a few days.

Trent’s body was found floating offshore July 22 by people on an excursion boat.

An official at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center says a preliminary autopsy shows Trent died from accidental drowning.

Clarke says Trent was vacationing alone and staying at a Providenciales resort.

Trent was a partner in the Charlotte firm FrickTrent PLLC.

Law partner Tracy Frick says they have contacted the U.S. State Department for help in investigating the death. In a Thursday statement, she said the firm was unable to get details from local investigators.

Source: The Associated Press