Autopsy: Grad Student From Kansas Who Died In Maine Was Drunk

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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November 15, 2012

An autopsy showed that the Harvard University graduate student who fell into Portland Harbor and drowned in May just days before his graduation had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit to drive in Maine.

31-year-old Nathan Bihlmaier (BIL'-mair) had no drugs in his system, but a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent.

Authorities have previously called his death an accidental drowning.

Bihlmaier was celebrating his pending graduation when he was asked to leave a waterfront bar for being visibly intoxicated. His body was recovered two days after he went missing.

His wife was expecting their first child.

He was a native of Osborne, Kansas, and a University of Kansas graduate.

Police say criminal charges are unlikely in the case.


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