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Death of man found at Philpott Lake accidental

Wednesday - 3/27/2013, 10:50am  ET

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Police say the death of a man whose body was found in Philpott Lake was an accident.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department says the medical examiner determined that 69-year-old John Madins died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

The department tells media outlets that Madins fell while walking on a trail near the water.

Madins was a volunteer at Bowens Creek for the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers.

His body was found March 23 in shallow water near a boat ramp.


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