By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Officials have released the autopsy report of Jordan Britten, who was found dead on South Padre Island during Spring Break. His death was ruled accidental, according to the report. The cause of death was listed as “immersion hypothermia and drowning.”
The report also lists “acute drug intoxication” as an “other significant condition” in his death, though no drugs are listed. In a March interview with the PRESS, South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith said that a quantity of what appeared to be the designer drugs molly and ecstasy were found in Britten’s vehicle.
Britten, a 20-year-old Killeen native, went missing on March 21 after attending an Ultimate Music Experience (UME) concert at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort with two friends. The trio became separated after the concert and witnesses reported seeing Britten, shirtless, looking disoriented. It was reported that he had lost his keys but was denied re-entrance to the venue.
Britten’s disappearance sparked a massive search involving multiple local, state and federal agencies, including the South Padre Island Police Department and Customs and Border Protection. The search occurred over land, by sea and by air.
Britten’s vehicle was discovered in the Schlitterbahn parking lot on March 24. His body was discovered partially submerged by a search and rescue dog in a wetlands area near the resort just two days later.
Britten’s mother, Ilana Britten, along with his step-father, traveled to the Island to aid in search efforts and a Facebook group called “Help Find Jordan Britten” soon garnered over 8,500 followers.
Britten’s death was one of several during the busy Spring Break season. On March 14, the body of Ruben Diaz, a 24-year-old man from Katy, was discovered at the South Padre Island Condominiums. On March 16, the decapitated body of 30-year-old Edinburg resident Franklin Palacios-Paz was discovered in the Laguna Madre near the South Padre Island Convention Centre. On March 18, Los Fresnos native Nereida Cruz, 21, fell to her death from a 7-story balcony at the Padre South Hotel. And on March 27, the body of a 74-year-old homeless man was discovered in the dunes between beach accesses 4 and 5.
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