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DEATH

October 8, 1999

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An autopsy report on the death of Kansas University student whose body was found in August in the Kansas River suggests he might have intentionally drowned himself.

Douglas County Coroner Erik Mitchell's report, however, says that while Jarold Baker drowned, the death cannot be ruled a suicide because of a lack of information.

"The overall picture suggests a self-destructive act, but in light of the limited information presently surrounding the circumstances of demise, the manner of death remains undetermined," Mitchell wrote in the report.

Baker's clothed body was found Aug. 20 against an intake grate at the Bowersock Mills & Power Co. by an employee of the company. Authorities removed papers identifying Baker, but it took more than a week before they could confirm it was him because of advanced decomposition. Investigators relied on dental records to identify Baker, 22.

According to the autopsy report, there were also six superficial cuts on Baker's neck. Mitchell said the cuts likely were self inflicted.

There was no note found on Baker's body.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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