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Cause of Latham man’s death ruled accidental

The Latham man whose body was pulled Tuesday from Hudson River near Coxsackie after being missing fo
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The Latham man whose body was pulled Tuesday from Hudson River near Coxsackie after being missing for nearly four months was the victim of an accidental drowning, according to an autopsy performed today.

Joshua Szostak, 21, was last seen drinking at the Bayou Cafe on North Pearl Street in downtown Albany at 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 23. He was seen several minutes later on video surveillance at the intersection of State and North Pearl streets.

His body was pulled from the Hudson River just south of the Coxsackie boat launch Tuesday afternoon after it was discovered by a fisherman.

“The cause of death was drowning, and the manner is an accident,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, a pathologist with the Albany County Coroner’s Office, who performed the autopsy at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Hubbard said there were no signs of trauma to the body other than what would be expected from it being in the Hudson River for several months. He also said there were no gunshot or other wounds.

Hubbard said he will measure the blood-alcohol level in the body, but results will not be available for several weeks.

Since he disappeared, Szostak’s family said they believed he was a victim of foul play and may have been robbed and injured.

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