Death of missing ACU student found in East Texas ruled accidental

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A 21-year-old Abilene Christian University student whose body was discovered near his car abandoned in a ditch on Toll 49 in East Texas in January died from hypothermia, shows his autopsy.

Corbin Stiefer’s death was accidental, Larry Christian, the department’s information officer, said Tuesday.

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Stiefer disappeared after leaving his Tyler home for a doctor’s appointment Jan. 6. His family said he had been ill and asked for help finding him.

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On Jan. 12, the car he was driving was found on Toll 49 west of Tyler. Law officers located his body about 100 yards from the car.

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Funeral services for Stiefer were held Jan. 19.

Smith County Justice of the Peace Andy Dunklin ordered the autopsy.

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