College Student from Allegany Found Dead

UPDATE: Dr. C. Francis Varga performed an autopsy on the body of Nicolas G. Pendl at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Dr. Varga determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to fresh water drowning which was precipitated by a seizure. Pendl had a known, preexisting seizure disorder. Franklin County Coroner Ronald B. Keough ruled the manner of death to be accidental.

A 19-year-old from Allegany was found dead Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.

State Police in Ray Brook say the body of Nicholas Pendl was found face down on the shoreline of Lower St. Regis Lake, a short distance behind the Clinton dorms. No life-saving measures were taken due to obvious signs of death.

Franklin County Coroner Ronald Keough says the preliminary investigation indicates there are no signs of foul play, and that a pre-existing condition may have contributed to Pendl’s death. An autopsy was scheduled for this morning.

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