A state Department of Natural Resources diver was high on cocaine when he drowned off Bainbridge Island on July 24, according to the Bainbridge Island police.
Police said the death certificate for 24-year-old David Scheinost indicates the cause of death was “salt water drowning” with a contributing factor being “acute cocaine intoxication.” The certificate was prepared by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.
Scheinost, of Puyallup, was among three DNR divers who were conducting geoduck sampling when he disappeared. His body was recovered three days later.
“The Department of Natural Resources continues to assist in the investigation and those involved in the accident are cooperating. We are hopeful that the investigation will conclude in the next few weeks, pending equipment testing and further results from the coroner,” police Cmdr. Sue Shultz said in a news release.