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Autopsy report shows Brendan Santo died of accidental drowning

Brendan Santo
Posted at 4:22 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 16:28:15-04

LANSING, Mich. — An autopsy report shows Brendan Santo accidentally drowned in the Red Cedar River while he was intoxicated.

The report shows the 18-year-old Grand Valley State University student tested positive for ethanol with a blood level of .22%.

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His cause of death has been ruled as an accidental drowning with acute ethanol intoxication listed as a contributory condition.

Santo went missing on October 29 while visiting the Michigan State University campus. The GVSU freshman was there on one of the busiest days — the MSU vs. U of M football game.

His body was found in the Red Cedar River on January 21, about 1.5 miles downriver from where he had last been seen.

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