WATERMAN – Police are reviewing Devin G. Blakeley’s death after a toxicology report showed the 20-year-old had been drinking alcohol and using marijuana the night he died.
Blakeley, of Shabbona, was among 20 to 25 people at New Year’s Eve party in the 10000 block of Duffy Road, police said. Witnesses said he was intoxicated when he left the party about 2 a.m. Jan. 1.
His friends called police after they found his body in a creek by the road about 2:45 p.m. Jan. 2, police said.
Reports show Blakeley’s blood-alcohol content was 0.165 percent at the time of his death, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said. The toxicology report Miller received Tuesday also showed Blakeley had consumed marijuana that night.
DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said police are not yet holding party hosts or anyone at the party liable for providing alcohol to Blakeley, who was underage.
“Determining how he got the alcohol is the key question and that’s difficult to determine,” Scott said. “Because it was a private party it’s hard to determine if he got the alcohol before, at or after the party.”
Scott said he did not know when or if prosecutors might press charges against anyone, but said the department would review the evidence and interviews collected in the case and determine if more interviews should be conducted.
Miller said the cause of Blakeley’s death had yet to be determined, but it is considered accidental. He added the cause of death would be known later this week, and cited hypothermia as a likely cause. An autopsy showed no signs Blakeley had been injured.
Police said they have learned in their investigation that Blakeley left the party after arguing with another man over a woman.
Blakeley was supposed to be waiting at the car of the friend who brought him, but wandered away, Scott said, adding the friend thought Blakeley got a ride with someone else.
Blakeley graduated from Indian Creek High School in 2011. He enlisted in the Air Force and graduated from Air Force basic training in 2012 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.