BOONE, N.C. — Investigators think an Appalachian State University student slipped at the edge of a creek, hit his head on rocks and fell into the water and drowned.
An autopsy on the death of 19-year-old Tyler Blalock of Charlotte classifies the death as an accidental drowning.
School officials said the autopsy results are consistent with a campus police investigation.
Blalock’s body was found in a creek that flows through a park in Boone on Saturday morning. The park is across from the university’s Holmes Convocation Center, which accommodates conventions, trade shows, concerts and athletic events.
Blalock was a sophomore studying sustainable development.
WSOC reported that a visitation for Blalock takes place Wednesday night at McEwen Funeral Services in Derita and his funeral will be Thursday at University City United Methodist Church.
Credit: The Associated Press.