Couple disputes inquest into Ellingson's drowning death
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Missouri couple who said they saw a man shortly before he drowned while in the custody of the Missouri State Highway Patrol have criticized an inquest which found the man's death was accidental.
Larry and Paulette Moreau, of Hartsburg, said they went past the patrol boat and 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson before he drowned May 31 in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Ellingson was being transported by a highway patrol officer and somehow fell into the lake with handcuffs on.
An inquest last week ruled that Ellingson's death was accidental and Trooper Anthony Piercy was not at fault.
The couple told The Kansas City Star that when they saw Ellingson in the water, Piercy was not acting with any urgency and did not ask them for help.