Coroner’s report confirms drowning

 

A homeless man whose body was pulled from a Gilroy creek more
than four months ago drowned, according to a coroner’s report
obtained by the Dispatch Tuesday.
A homeless man whose body was pulled from a Gilroy creek more than four months ago drowned, according to a coroner’s report obtained by the Dispatch Tuesday.

A floating, face-down Arturo Ambrocio Perez, 43, was pulled from a flood control creek near Forest Street by emergency personnel Feb. 25 following heavy rain, according to police. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was turned over to the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The findings were not immediately made available because the coroner’s office requested a toxicology report to determine a cause of death, creating the several-month delay, according to an official with the coroner’s office.

The coroner’s office reported Ambrocio Perez had a little more than one beer’s worth of alcohol and no drugs in his system when he died. Police said foul play was not suspected, though Ambrocio Perez did have slight abrasions to his forehead and nose, according to the report.

Just before noon Feb. 25, firefighters and police responded to a report of a possible body in the creek. Firefighters retrieved Ambrocio Perez’s body from the creek. He was fully clothed and partially submerged, according to police.

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