Police: Zamlen death accidental

The St. Thomas student’s death was result of ‘fresh water drowning,’ police say.

St. Paul police closed their investigation into the death of Dan Zamlen Wednesday morning, deeming it âÄúaccidentalâÄù and caused by âÄúfresh water drowning,âÄù according to a police statement. The body of Zamlen, a St. Thomas student who would have recently turned 19, was discovered in the Mississippi River near the Ford power plant May 1 after a nearly month-long search by authorities, friends and family. Zamlen disappeared after leaving a house party in early April. He was a type-1 diabetic and had been drinking that night, which many speculated may have been a factor in his disappearance. ZamlenâÄôs autopsy report will not be released to the public, the statement said, citing state information laws.