Medical Examiner: Three Bhutanese men died of accidental drowning
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identification of the three individuals who were found in the vehicle in the Spokane River. The bodies were found in a car near the intersection of Boone and Hogan on July 6.
The Medical Examiner said Krishna Dhital, Krishna Dhakal, and Dilli Ram Bhattarai died of accidental drowning in a submerged motor vehicle.
Investigators searched around the river since the men went missing. It was only Wednesday, with the water four feet lower than a month ago, that they were able to catch a break in the case. A car bumper and license plate were found along the river bank.
It is directly across from where the youngest victim lived in an apartment complex that prompted the helicopter search. There are also indications that the car hit some rocks which lead police to believe it entered at high speeds.
"There was so much trauma to not only the bodies, but the car," said Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.
Investigators believe the car headed north towards Riverton Avenue. They believe it hit some gravel along the road and entered the water near Sinto Avenue. The current then took the car downstream where it sat underwater for almost a month.