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Alton death ruled as accidental

Alton police released more information in the case of a McAllen man who was found dead in Alton last Christmas.

The body of Eustacio Christian Mireles, 25, was pulled from a detention pond in Alton on Christmas Day, over a month after he was reported missing to McAllen police.

EustaciomirelesAccording to a statement from Alton police Chief Jonathan B. Flores, Mireles’ autopsy found drugs in his system.

The autopsy “ruled the cause of death to be methamphetamine toxicity with recent cocaine use, and the opinion on the manner to be accidental,” Flores said in the statement. “The Alton Police Department’s investigation into this matter is in line with the forensic pathologists findings.”

Flores added that Mireles’ body was in the pond for approximately one month.

Mireles was the second such fatal drowning in Alton in the past year following Elias Barajas, 18, of Mission whose body was found in a detention pond about half a mile north of the pond where Mireles was found. His death was also ruled as accidental, Flores said.

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