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Alcohol not a factor in drowning death of University of Idaho dean

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CLEARWATER COUNTY, Idaho -

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office says alcohol was not a factor in the death of a University of Idaho dean who was pulled from the Dworshak Reservoir back in April.

According to the sheriff's office, Paul Joyce left the High County Inn near Ahsahka at around 10:30 p.m. April 22. He was headed to the Best Western in Orofino to spend the night, but was not familiar with the area and was given directions on how to get to Orofino. When he reached the intersection of the Old Ahsahka Grade and View Point Road, he turned left instead of right and was traveling toward the Big Eddy Marina and boat ramp. 

The submerged car was first spotted at around 6:30 a.m. the next morning, on April 23, by fishermen launching at the boat ramp, but no one called the Sheriff's Office until about 5:20 p.m.

The sheriff's office reported Wednesday that toxicology results showed no alcohol in Joyce's system. The coroner reports the cause of death was accidental drowning.

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