WARSAW, Poland (AP) - An autopsy on an Irish soccer fan found
dead in a canal in northern Poland concluded that he drowned in an
apparent accident, a prosecutor said Thursday.
James Nolan went missing Sunday in Bydgoszcz and his corpse was
discovered Wednesday by police divers. His death was likely an
accident since there were no external or internal injuries that
could suggest foul play, prosecutor Wlodzimierz Marszalkowski told
The Associated Press.
"There is no other hypothesis than an accident," Marszalkowski
said. "There are no doubts, no circumstances to suggest
Prosecutors will nevertheless continue to check security camera
footage in an effort to clarify the circumstances of the drowning.
Nolan, 21, of Blessington, County Wicklow, was in Poland with
friends for the European Championship to follow Ireland, which has
now been eliminated from the tournament.
Several of Nolan's relatives placed candles along a canal where
Nolan's body was found. They also held a news conference at which
they thanked city authorities for the efforts made to find Nolan.
The news station TVN24 showed several family members crouching
under umbrellas as they lit a candle in rain and placed a bouquet
of flowers on the water's edge, one women putting her arm around a
man in consolation.
The news agency PAP quoted his uncle, Patrick Nolan, in
expressing relief at the finding that there was no foul play
involved in the death. He also said the family was touched at the
help and support shown to them by the city, where authorities
carried out an extensive search for Nolan.