Scottsbluff Police say an autopsy on the body of a man found the evening of April 29th near a drainage canal in Scottsbluff confirmed he died from hypothermia.
Captain Brian Wasson says the autopsy showed intoxicants in the body of 45 year old Billy Ladeaux that also had a bearing on the death.
Wasson says Ladeaux communicated with his phone Friday morning April 28th but was likely in the canal for awhile prior to the death. There was no sign of foul play but the autopsy did show abrasions and bruises on Ladeaux’s feet and legs. Wasson believes they were from movements in the ditch prior to his death.
Police say Ladeaux was barefoot when he was found face down in the canal west of the R.C. Scot apartment complex in the 1300 block of East 17th Street in Scottsbluff by pedestrians, who reported their discovery around 5:45 p.m.