Autopsy fails to discover cause of teen's death

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 11:15 AM
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An autopsy failed to determine why an Evans teen died in his sleep early Wednesday morning.

Evans High School senior Kevin Oskar Zettelmeier, 17, died sometime early Wednesday morning, said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Mr. Zettelmeier’s grandparents went into his bedroom at their Rachel Drive home to wake him up for school and found him unresponsive, said Mr. Collins, who pronounced the teen dead at 7:20 a.m.

An autopsy, performed Wednesday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta, did not determine why the seemingly-healthy Zettelmeier died.

“Until everything comes back, they won’t disclose the cause and manner of death,” Mr. Collins said. “We don’t suspect any foul play or drugs in this case. But we don’t know until we get these toxicology and lab results back.”

Mr. Collins said the results should be available within the next couple of months.

Mr. Zettelmeier did not have any chronic medical conditions except for the occasional bout of seasonal allergies, Mr. Collins said.

“A healthy-looking young man with no medical record,” Mr. Collins said. “An all-around good kid, for whatever reason, we don’t know at this point, he died during his sleep.”

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mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 10/08/09 - 11:44 am
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Our hearts go out to his

Our hearts go out to his family at this time of great loss.

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ghsfrshmn 10/08/09 - 12:24 pm
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poor columbia county schools,

poor columbia county schools, what a rough year this is proving to be. thoughts out to everyone.

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anotherday 10/08/09 - 12:54 pm
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My prayers to this young

My prayers to this young man's family.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/08/09 - 01:08 pm
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I am so terribly sorry for

I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

ANGEL
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ANGEL 10/08/09 - 02:05 pm
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My heart goes out to the

My heart goes out to the family of the young man. You all are in my prayers.

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Newsreader 10/08/09 - 02:14 pm
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My prayers for this family

My prayers for this family and his loved ones. May God's grace and comfort cover you. May you rejoice in the joy that had for 17 years.

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ASU98 10/08/09 - 02:22 pm
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This is so sad. You are in

This is so sad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Jdog33 10/08/09 - 03:22 pm
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My Prayers go out to the

My Prayers go out to the young man's family..God Bless you all and I am praying for you even as I write this comment..

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stillamazed 10/08/09 - 03:27 pm
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Our prayers go out to this

Our prayers go out to this family, seems to many young people dying these days, I can only imagine the pain these families are going through but our hearts and prayers are with them.

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soldout 10/08/09 - 03:52 pm
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so sad. I hope the tests

so sad. I hope the tests show a pattern that can be used to protect others.

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RDW2010EHS 10/08/09 - 04:06 pm
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My prayers go out to Kevin's

My prayers go out to Kevin's family. We will all miss him at Evans an its sad to see a fellow senior and a friend go. Your in my thoughts and prayers Kevin, we will never forget you!

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snickers123 10/09/09 - 07:36 am
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My prayers go out to this

My prayers go out to this family.

Jdog33
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Jdog33 10/09/09 - 08:37 am
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May God's love surround this

May God's love surround this family during the lost of their precious Love one...I am praying as I post my comments..God Bless...kevin RIP ...

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shannonhpowell 10/09/09 - 10:46 am
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Dearest friends, We cannot

Dearest friends, We cannot imagine your grief nor feel the extend of your huge loss. But know that your son adored you as much as you did him. We cry with you and pray for strength to get you through. From our family to yours with love and friendship, Shannon, Hilton, and Liam Powell

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