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Medical examiner determines Jason John died from drowning

John's body was found in Lady Bird Lake near 30 East Avenue a little over a week after he was reported missing on Feb. 5.

AUSTIN, Texas — The autopsy report for a man whose body was found in Lady Bird Lake back in February has been released.

According to the report from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office, Jason John's cause of death was drowning. The medical examiner said in the report that "there was no evidence of assault or harm caused by another person nor of intent for self-harm." John's death has been classified as accidental.

John was reported missing on Feb. 5, according to the Austin Police Department (APD). The medical examiner's report states that someone witnessed a man throwing up near Lady Bird Lake early that morning, before falling in. The report says "after attempting to aid the decedent, the bystander went to a nearby hotel and contacted 911. Law enforcement came to the scene and searched for the decedent, but he was not found."

Over a week later, APD said a person – later identified as John – was found dead in Lady Bird Lake near 30 East Avenue.

Since this incident, John's family has been pushing for better safety on the trail near Lady Bird Lake, including the addition of surveillance cameras and better lighting.

In April, APD discovered another person dead near the lake. That person was later identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Honey.

Both Honey's and John's cases remain under investigation, but police have said there is no evidence of foul play in either case.

The men's deaths have prompted changes from the Trail Conservancy and the City of Austin. Families of Lady Bird Lake drowning victims were asked to see what improvements officials made to the trail later in April. Officials said they added solar lighting, increased park patrols and will also be adding cameras and more permanent lighting.

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