Death Due To Accidental Drowning: Coroner Rules On 2 Pulled From Maumee (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) --- The Allen County Coroner's office has ruled in the deaths of a Fort Wayne couple whose bodies were pulled from the Maumee River on Nov. 7th.

The deaths have been ruled as an accident and the cause was drowning.

Previous Report
Two bodies were pulled from a pick-up truck that was found in the Maumee River early Thursday morning.

The Allen County Coroner has identified the victims as Tamee Staulters, 44, and Mark Staulters, 53, both of Fort Wayne. The coroner says the cause of death is asphyxia due to drowning.

According to the Fort Wayne Fire Department, a regular commuter driving by noticed new damage to the Tecumseh Street bridge with a portion of the cement guardrail missing and notified authorities.

When FWFD divers entered the water around 7: 20 a.m., they located a truck fully submerged upside down in the water. Two people were inside the cab of the truck and firefighters were able to remove them from the cab and pull their bodies to shore. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A wrecker removed the truck from the water at 8:50 a.m. according to the FWFD.

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