Pass manís death ruled an accident
By Cassandra Favre
Nov 1, 2013, 21:52
Authorities have ruled the death of 31-year old Pass Christian resident Cody Duncan as accidental and have closed the case.
Duncan was first reported missing by his family on Oct. 6 after a night out with his friend Jared Huber.
According to Huber, the pair rode their bicycles over the Bay Bridge on Friday, Oct. 5, and spent time eating, drinking and playing pool in downtown Bay St. Louis before heading back home.
"Cody got ahead of me and out of sight." Huber said in an earlier interview. "When I caught up, it was just his bike there."
Huber returned to Duncan's home, where Duncan's wife Haley was waiting and found out that Cody wasn't there.
The two reported Duncan missing a few hours later.
"The cause of death was drowning," Bay St. Louis police Lt. Robert O'Neal said. "It's unclear how he fell off the bridge Ėhe could have gotten sick and leaned over or he could've been sitting on the railing.
"That Friday was the night that Tropical Storm Karen was coming in and the winds were about 45-50 mph, and if he was sick and leaned over, then the winds could have knocked him over."
According to O'Neal, Duncan sustained injuries in the fall, but nothing that should have been life-threatening.
"Duncan had been drinking and this could have impaired his ability to swim to shore," O'Neal said. "We did not suspect foul play because the bicycle was parked properly with the kickstand out."
A fisherman south of Pass Christian found Duncan's body on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Duncan is survived by his wife Haley and eight-year-old daughter Joey.