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Illinois officials investigate man's drowning death

Jul 24, 2013 -- 10:18am

Southeast Missourian

Illinois law enforcement officials still are investigating the death of a Cape Girardeau man whose body was found in Scott County two days after he disappeared some time during a trip to a nightclub in East Cape Girardeau. The body of 24-year old Joey Caruso was pulled from the Mississippi River near the Southeast Missouri Port Authority on July 15, two days after he failed to return from a night out with friends at The Pony nightclub. Some of his family and friends think someone else could have contributed to Caruso's death. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick said last week that Caruso's body showed no signs of trauma, and an autopsy revealed he likely drowned. He said authorities did not perform toxicology tests on Caruso because his body was found in the river, where the water compromised the fluids that would be needed to obtain accurate results. Alexander County Sheriff Timothy Brown says his department is looking into Caruso's death, but he declined to characterize their work as a homicide investigation. Caruso's friends are reportedly offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may have been involved in his death and have established a Facebook page in his honor. A post their lists information about an account at The Bank of Missouri to benefit Caruso's unborn child. Contributions in memory of Joey Caruso may be mailed to The Bank of Missouri, 1622 N. Kingshighway, or taken in person to any of the bank's branches.

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