Father of dead teen meets with coroner

2012-10-24T17:45:00Z 2013-01-27T17:48:06Z Father of dead teen meets with coronerSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
October 24, 2012 5:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The father of a Lake Central student found dead on school property in August learned autopsy results Wednesday but also found toxicology results may be two weeks away.

Levi Evans Sr., joined by Dyer attorney Andrew Crosmer, met with Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey and pathologist Thomas Cavanaugh for more than 90 minutes but refrained from releasing information until toxicology results are complete.

"It's confusing," Evans said. "I just don't understand how my son could just die."

Crosmer said he has not been able to obtain a police report with the toxicology results incomplete. Until then, Frey is not expected to rule on the cause of death.

Evans' son, Levi, was 17 when his body was found Aug. 8 lying lifeless on school property.

By all accounts, the boy's body showed no signs of trauma or foul play.

The boy's parents, who are divorced, subsequently became embroiled in a legal dispute over his body with the senior Evans not wanting the boy's body cremated in the event of a wrongful death finding.

Three residents of nearby Ventura Estates found Evans' body about 6:35 p.m. in a field behind a Taco Bell restaurant. The field was bordered by black silk construction fencing adjacent to a new NIPSCO electrical substation. The teen wasn’t in the newly activated substation, which has a 7-foot-high fence, St. John Police Chief Fred Frego said at the time.

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