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Autopsy fails to answer questions in Schenectady man's drowning

Autopsy fails to answer questions in Schenectady man's drowning

The Schenectady man who accidentally fell into the Hudson River on Wednesday while installing docks

The Schenectady man who accidentally fell into the Hudson River on Wednesday while installing docks died of asphyxia by drowning, according to preliminary autopsy results.

Ron Marotta, 38, of Schenectady, was installing steel docks at the Troy Town Dock and Marina on River Street when he fell into the river shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The autopsy performed today by Rensselaer County Medical Examiner Michael Sikirica found no evidence of head trauma or any other medical problem that may have caused Marotta to fall into the river, according to Sgt. David Dean, spokesman for city police. Dean said there were indications, however, that Marotta was unconscious when he hit the water.

Skirica conducted routine toxicology tests, but results will not be complete for several weeks, Dean said.

Marotta's body was pulled from the river at about 1:30 p.m. after a two-hour search by police divers. The dive team found Marotta's body at the bottom of the river, about 40 yards south of where he reportedly fell in.

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