JONESBORO — The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office has learned the cause of death of a Lake City man found dead in the St. Francis River.
“The cause of death is drowning, but it’s still under investigation,” Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said Friday, referencing a preliminary report from the state medical examiner’s office.
A loved one indicated that she last saw Leslie Blagg, 57, on March 19 and told deputies the following day that he was missing, according to previous Sun reporting.
“(Blagg) left a credit card and cash on the counter” of his home in the 2200 block of Craighead 5050. His silver 2011 Hyundai Elantra was found in the High Banks Landing area of Monette.
Blagg’s wallet, keys and cellphone were retrieved from the vehicle and taken into evidence. Deputies, along with an Arkansas Game & Fish Commission team, then searched the immediate area to find him.
Officers equipped with boats found the victim’s body in the river on March 20.
“There (are) still some test results we’re curious about and those include all the wide range of toxicology (analyses). … It’s still going to be a while,” Rolland said.
When asked if the public could assist with the investigation, he said detectives are “further enough” in their probe. CCSO didn’t disclose whether its inquiry is of a homicide, suicide or suspicious death.
The complainant noted that the victim “has had suicidal thoughts,” the incident report read.
Rolland was unaware if Blagg’s body was released from the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock.