Substances found in missing man's system may have contributed to death

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DEADWOOD, S.D.- Deadwood Police Department received the final autopsy report for Christopher Oien.  This report was supplied by Clinical Laboratory of the Black Hills.

Autopsy examination, scene investigation and toxicology studies reveal the cause of death to be compatible with hypothermia.  Extensive toxicology studies were undertaken and reveal the presence of Methamphetamine and its metabolite Amphetamine.  Toxicology studies also reveal the presence of marijuana metabolite and Dextromethorphan.  The substances may have contributed to Oien’s state of mind, as reported to police prior to his disappearance.

Investigators and autopsy findings found no evidence of external trauma to Oien.  Based on these facts, officials have ruled the cause of death to be hypothermia due to exposure.


UPDATE: It seems Christopher Oien died from hypothermia due to exposure. The Lawrence County Coroner's Office issued the preliminary cause of death on Monday morning.

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DEADWOOD, S.D. - The body of a man reported missing in January has been found. 

Christopher Oien, 28, was reported missing to Deadwood Police on Jan. 16. Authorities led an intensive search for the man who was a Spearfish resident, according to his Facebook page.

He was found Wednesday evening in a remote area southwest of the Lodge at Deadwood. Police say he was discovered by someone hunting for shed deer antlers.

Due to the steep, rugged terrain, members of Lawrence County Search and Rescue and the Deadwood Volunteer Fire Department assisted in recovering the body.

An autopsy is pending.

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