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Authorities release the identity of a man found dead in Shoal Creek

Updated June 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM CST:  Newton County officials say Charles Oakes, 51, apparently drowned over the weekend but the cause of death won't be confirmed until an autopsy is performed.

That autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Canoeists found the body Sunday in Shoal Creek.

Chief Deputy Chris Jennings says the statements from three friends who were with Oakes differ on what happened, perhaps because they might have been intoxicated.  However, authorities do not suspect foul play.


Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM CST:  An autopsy is underway on a body found near Shoal Creek on Sunday.  Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says the victim most likely drowned and does not suspect foul play at this time.

The victim's name has not been released.

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