Cause of death determined
Victim was suspect in pharmacy burglary
Medical examiners have determined drowning was not the cause of death for a man suspected to be responsible for the burglary of a Farmerville pharmacy whose body was later discovered in Lake D’Arbonne.
An autopsy performed on 34-year-old David Colter Gray of Ruston determined he died of a drug overdose some time after the March 14 burglary of Northside Pharmacy, in which he was a suspect.
Gray’s body was discovered by fishermen near the Easy Living area of Lake D’Arbonne on March 24.
“Everyone thought it would be drowning, but apparently an overdose was the cause of death,” said Capt. Keith Blackman with the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The results of the autopsy, performed in Little Rock, are consistent with statements members of Gray’s family gave to investigators shortly after the break in.
“His family was concerned that he knew the police were after him and thought he may have taken some of the pills he took from the pharmacy,” Farmerville Marshal Bim Coulbertson said on March 17.
Deputy marshals responded to an alarm at 12:24 a.m. on March 14 and discovered a suspect, believed to be Coulbertson, outside the store. When a deputy marshal identified himself as a law enforcement officer, Gray took off in a vehicle parked outside the pharmacy. Patrol units with the Marshal’s Office and Union Parish Sheriff’s Office were unable to catch up to Gray, but later found his vehicle abandoned in the Cox Ferry Road area, near where his body was later discovered.
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