More than 600,000 people go missing in the United States every year, and sadly many of those cases remain unsolved. But this year there were a few cases that finally got some resolution, sometimes decades later. Here’s 10 missing persons cases that were solved in 2022.
After more than a decade, the case of 17 year old Brittanee Drexel was finally solved in 2022. Brittanee went missing while on spring break in Myrtle Beach back in April 2009.
Brittanee Drexel was born on October 7, 1991, in Rochester, New York, to parents Dawn Drexel and a man of Turkish descent. When she was a toddler, her mother married Chad Drexel, who adopted her.
She had two younger siblings and lived with her family in the Rochester suburb of Chili, New York. In 2008, her mother and step-father separated and filed for divorce. Her parents’ separation affected her academic performance and it aggravated her depression.
At the time of her disappearance, Brittanee was a junior at Gates-Chili High School and played for the soccer team where she was a star player. She studied cosmetology and also aspired to be a model or a nurse. She had a boyfriend of three years, John Grieco.
Brittanee has persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, a condition that makes her blind in her right eye. She wore blue-tinted contact lenses to keep both eyes looking the same.
17 year old Brittanee Drexel was last seen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on April 25, 2009. She disappeared after sneaking away for spring break.
On April 25, 2009, Brittanee spent time with friends around noon on the beach near the Bluewater Resort, another hotel on Ocean Boulevard, before returning to her room.
That evening, Brittanee headed out alone from the Bar Harbor Hotel around 8:00 pm to meet a friend who was staying at Blue Water Resort, about one and a half miles south of the boulevard.
Around 8:45 pm, Brittanee was captured by surveillance cameras leaving the Blue Water Resort. She texted her boyfriend, who stayed in Rochester, saying she was walking back to her room at the Bar Harbor Hotel.
Between 9:00 and 9:15 pm, she suddenly stopped responding to his calls and texts. Brittanee never returned to her hotel room that night and has never been heard from again.
Her boyfriend started calling friends in Myrtle Beach to see if they knew where she was or what happened. Unable to find answers he called Brittanee’s mother to let her know, who wasn’t aware she had been in Myrtle Beach until that point.
Later in the evening, Brittanee’s mother contacted the Rochester police when all calls and texts to Brittanee’s phone went unanswered.
Myrtle Beach police started looking for Brittanee the morning after she disappeared, and located the surveillance camera footage from the Blue Harbor Hotel.
Brittanee left all her personal belongings in her hotel room, except her beige purse and pink cellular phone.
Police tracked her phone’s last signal to an area along U.S. Route 17 near the Georgetown County and Charleston County line. The signal stopped abruptly on the morning of April 26, 2009.
Police identified the friend Brittanee went out to meet at the Blue Water Resort as Peter Brozowitz, a 20 year old nightclub promoter at a club from the Rochester area. He denied any knowledge of Brittanee’s whereabouts.
On June 8, 2016, the FBI confirmed that Brittanee Drexel’s case is considered a homicide. They revealed their belief that she was held captive in McClellanville for four days before being murdered.
In 2016 authorities announced Raymond Moody as a person of interest in Brittanee’s case.
Moody, a registered sex offender, was stopped by police for a traffic violation near Myrtle Beach the day after Brittanee disappeared.
He spent 21 years in prison for the abduction and rape of a 9 year old girl back in 1983, and has been considered a suspect in similar cases but has never been charged.
On May 4, 2022, Moody was charged with obstruction of justice and taken to the Georgetown County Detention Center.
Brittanee Drexel’s Remains Found
Brittanee Drexel’s remains were found on May 11, 2022, in Georgetown, South Carolina. They were found in a wooded area of Georgetown near the Harmony Township subdivision.
Her remains were found approximately 2.5 miles from a motel where Moody had been living when Brittanee disappeared. Investigators believe Moody buried her on April 26, 2009, the day after she went missing.
Raymond Moody was charged with rape, kidnapping, and murder in her disappearance. Investigators believe Moody strangled Drexel, but due to the condition of her remains manual strangulation was not able to be confirmed by the coroner.
Raymond Moody Pleads Guilty
On October 19, 2022, Raymond Moody pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Brittanee Drexel. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder, plus consecutive 30 year sentences for kidnapping and for rape.
22-year-old Jolissa Fuentes was last seen in Selma, California on August 7, 2022. She disappeared after leaving a friend’s party in the early morning hours and making some purchases at a convenience store.
Jolissa Nicole Fuentes was born on February 8, 2000, in Selma, California, to parents Norma Nunez and Joey Fuentes. She grew up with four siblings, three younger brothers and an older sister, in Selma, California.
At the time of her disappearance, Fuentes was living at her grandmother’s house in Selma, California and worked in a packaging warehouse.
Fuentes enjoyed the outdoors and often visited the lakes in the area to watch the scenery. She is described as family oriented and hardworking.
On August 6, 2022, Jolissa Fuentes attended a close friend’s family gathering at 8:00 pm. Jolissa left the party between 3:00 – 3:30 am on August 7, then returned to her grandmother’s home.
Shortly after returning home Jolissa made a phone call to her brother, who was in Fresno at the time, saying she was going to buy a wrap and smoke by herself. She grabbed some money and belongings before heading out again.
At 3:59 am, Fuentes’ sister, who was in Los Angeles at the time and asleep, received a missed call from Jolissa.
At 4:06 am, Jolissa was captured on security camera purchasing a few items from an Arco AM/PM convenience store on Highland and Nebraska Avenue.
Jolissa was last seen getting in her vehicle, a Grey 2011 Hyundai Accent with tinted rear windows and California license plate #8MPU766, before driving westbound onto Nebraska Avenue.
Fuentes’s sister had two missed video calls from Jolissa at 5:24 am, made back to back via Facebook messenger. Later that morning her grandmother tried to contact her by phone at 9:00 am, but Jolissa never answered.
Jolissa Fuentes never showed up to work the next day and hasn’t been heard from since. At 7:00 pm on August 7, 2022, her family filed a missing person’s report with the Selma Police Department when they couldn’t contact her.
Jolissa Fuentes disappeared along with her car and cell phone, which last pinged to a cell tower in an area north of Selma, near Pine Flat and Avocado Lake, about thirty minutes away from the gas station where she was last seen.
Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area with the help of helicopters, drones, ground and dive teams, but found no signs of Jolissa.
According to her family, Jolissa may have driven to a rural area east of Selma, that has orchards and vineyards, where she typically spent time to clear her head after her best friend tragically died after being shot during an altercation at a party in 2019.
The volunteer dive team Adventures With Purpose joined the search for Jolissa in late August, searching areas in Avocado Lake, Pine Flat Lake and Winton Park.
Most of the physical searches have been in Fresno county, but authorities say they’ve received tips from as far away as New Mexico.
There has been no activity on Jolissa’s phone, bank account, or social media since she disappeared.
Jolissa Fuentes Found Deceased
On October 11, 2022, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced Jolissa Fuentes had been found deceased. Her body was recovered from a ravine near Pine Flat Lake.
The discovery was made after officials found evidence that Jolissa’s car went off the roadway on Trimmer Springs Road near Pine Flat Lake.
The cause of the accident remains unknown, but authorities say they believe Jolissa was most likely tired after being up for most of the night. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Another missing persons case that was solved in 2022 is that of University of Chicago student Diwen Fan. 20 year old Diwen Fan was last seen on May 5, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. He disappeared after leaving his University of Chicago dorm room, and hasn’t been heard from since.
At the time of his disappearance, Diwen Fan had recently moved to Chicago from China, and was about to start his junior year studying biology at the University of Chicago.
His family is worried about his mental health due to a note found in his dorm room, and believes his life is in severe danger.
There was indication that Diwen had an unsatisfactory academic record according to Yilun Hu, the family’s lawyer. His family lives in Beijing but brought in the Haung & Hu PC law firm to help find their son.
The family released the following statement:
Diwen, not everything in the world goes smoothly as we wish, so there is no need to be frustrated by things that are simply not in our control. Your parents know that you had tried your best in school and they really appreciate all the hard work you putted in for yourself and for your family. However, life is more than just being enrolled in a fine institution or accomplishing good grade; perseverance, resilience, and determination are the qualities we cherish. There is not a single task in your life that cannot be resolved, but the key is to always have an optimistic mentality.” Everyone you know believes in you and supports you, especially your family and friends. We are all looking forward to your safe return, so please contact us.
Diwen Fan was last seen leaving the University of Chicago campus on May 5, 2022. He was captured on surveillance video riding his bike at 5:15 pm near his dorm at 61st and Woodlawn. He appeared calm, and was wearing tidy clothes and a mask.
Diwen hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
His family found a Greyhound bus ticket under Diwen’s name from Chicago to San Antonio, but it’s unclear if he used it. It does not appear he completed the last part of the trip from Dallas, and there’s no proof he ever left Chicago.
Diwen’s credit cards have not been used since he went missing.
The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) is working with law enforcement and Diwen’s family to help in the investigation and released the following statement:
The University is working closely with law enforcement and family members concerning a missing 2nd-year undergraduate student, Diwen Fan. We are providing support and resources to the family during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with Diwen and his family and we hope for his safe return.
The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) is investigating Diwen Fan’s disappearance in coordination with other law enforcement agencies. If anyone has information about Diwen’s whereabouts or other aspects of this case, we urge them to contact UPCD at 773.702.8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diwen Fan Found Safe
Three months after he went missing, 20 year old Diwen Fan has been found safe and reunited with his family.
Fan was found after spending two months working at a charitable organization in Los Angeles, according to his family’s attorney.
42 year old Meghan Marohn was last seen in Lee, Massachusetts on March 27, 2022. She disappeared while going on a hike near Longcope Property Park.
Meghan Amanda Marohn was born on July 9, 1979 to parents Bill and Ellen Marohn. She has three older brothers, one older sister, and grew up in Delmar, New York.
Marohn attended Academy of the Holy Names high school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Russell Sage College, and a Master of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
At the time of her disappearance, Marohn lived in her hometown of Delmar, New York. She was employed as an English teacher at Shaker High School in Latham, New York.
Marohn was a climate activist and volunteered for nonprofit news organizations such as Democracy Now! and the Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Described as an outdoor enthusiast, Marohn loved nature and hiked a lot on her own. She was an avid poet and started the Troy Poem Project, a community poetry project based in Troy, New York.
On March 24, 2022, Marohn drove from her hometown of Delmar, New York, to Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Upon arrival, Marohn checked at the Red Lion Inn hotel. Her family and friends believe she was experiencing emotional upset at the time and wanted to get away.
On the evening of March 26, 2022, Marohn called her brother and said she was reading a book and having a bowl of soup in her room.
On March 27, 2022, Marohn’s vehicle, a Black 2017 Subaru Impreza, was found by abandoned on Church Street at approximately 12:00 pm. It was found by a resident, located in a parking lot near Janet Longcope Park, a 46-acre park with hiking trails in Lee, Massachusetts.
She was scheduled to leave her hotel room on March 30, 2022, but Marohn never returned home, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
On March 29, 2022, her family grew concerned when they were unable to contact her and filed a missing persons report with the Bethlehem New York Police Department.
At the same time, the Lee Police Department was notified after it was reported that Marohn’s abandoned vehicle had been parked in the same spot for two days.
Inside her car authorities found some clothes, a small box of film CDs, and a pair of shoes. Her vehicle was found unlocked and the keys were missing.
On March 27, 2022, her cell phone pinged to a rural residential area across Church Street from the Longcope trailhead, before the signal went dead at approximately 3:00 pm.
On March 29, 2022, authorities conducted an extensive search of a two square-mile area, including Longcope Park and nearby areas off Church Street, with the help of helicopters, drones, and K9 units, but no trace of Meghan Marohn was found.
Remains Believed to Belong to Meghan Found
On September 1, 2022, human remains believed to belong to Meghan Marohn were found in Lee, Massachusetts.
The remains were found by a civilian in a wooded area off Fox Drive, not far from where police located Marohn’s unattended vehicle after she was reported missing.
Her disappearance remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, as well as police in New York and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.
Remains Positively Identified as Meghan Marohn
The remains found in Lee, Massachusetts on September 1, 2022 were positively identified as belonging to Meghan Marohn.
The circumstances surrounding her disappearance remain under investigation. The results of her autopsy have not been released.
25 year old Jordan Simeon was last seen in North Little Rock, Arkansas on March 7, 2022. He disappeared while on a road trip from Fargo, North Dakota to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jordan Simeon has one older sister and grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. At age sixteen, his mother died from Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that causes progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the brain.
At the time of his disappearance, Simeon mentioned to his sister that he was having a hard time and wanted to relocate from North Dakota. He recently lost his job and was struggling with the early-onset symptoms of Huntington’s disease.
Described as a caring person, Simeon previously worked at a homeless shelter in Fargo for over a year. He enjoyed music, arts, and video games.
On March 5, 2022, Jordan Simeon packed up his belongings and set out on the 1000 mile long trip from Fargo, North Dakota to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Simeon was planning to move to New Orleans to start over with the help of his friend, Adonia Daigle, who was living there. On the road, he texted back and forth with her and his family.
On March 6, 2022, Simeon reached Arkansas and was driving down Interstate 40 when his car suddenly broke down at the White Oak Crossing Exit near North Little Rock. He called for roadside assistance and waited for a tow truck to arrive.
Around 4:30 pm, Simeon called his friend Daigle to inform her that his car had broken down on the side of the road. After advising him to get some rest that night, she booked a room for him at a Super 8 motel in North Little Rock.
Additionally, Daigle sent him $250 through Venmo and ordered a bus ticket for the next morning at North Little Rock so he could finish his trip. The bus was due to arrive in New Orleans on March 8th, around 12:35 pm.
Around 6:30 pm, Simeon last communicated with a friend through Facetime, saying the tow truck arrived and that they were going to give him a ride to his hotel.
Simeon never checked into the motel that night, and his vehicle was never towed. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
On March 7, 2022, Daigle filed a missing persons report with the Arkansas State Police when she still hadn’t heard from Jordan and learned he never checked into the motel.
Authorities found Jordan Simeon’s abandoned vehicle, a green 2014 Kia Soul with a silver bumper and a personalized North Dakota license plate that read ALIEN, on Interstate 40 East between White Oak Crossing and the interchange to 430.
The vehicle was in good condition, however the catalytic converter had been cut off of the car.
Simeon left behind some personal belongings inside the vehicle, including a Xbox video game console, a laptop, and a wooden keepsake box that belonged to his late mother. His keys were found sitting on top of the vehicle.
Authorities conducted a search of the area surrounding his car, on the interstate and woods behind it, but found no signs of Jordan Simeon.
His phone has been shut off since he went missing, and his social media has shown no activity.
There is no indication that Simeon ever made it to New Orleans, or that he returned to Fargo, North Dakota. The Greyhound bus ticket that was waiting for him in Little Rock was never claimed.
The Fargo Police Department has been collaborating with the Arkansas Police on Jordan’s case, which is currently classified as an active investigation.
Jordan Simeon’s Remains Found
Jordan Simeon’s body was recovered from Newton Creek near I-40 and the White Oak Crossing on April 27, 2022.
His body was located about 200 yards off the interstate, with the help of cadaver dogs who were brought in to aid the search.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy will be performed, and that his case is still being investigated. Authorities have not said whether the death is suspicious.
23-year-old Alicia Kenny was last seen in Loveland, Ohio on June 11, 2022. She disappeared after leaving home in the evening for a nature walk.
Alicia was born on November 9, 1998, to mother Marcy Kenny.
At the time of her disappearance, Kenny lived with her grandparents in a house near Lebanon Road in Loveland, Ohio.
Kenny was known to frequent parks in the area and enjoyed nature walks, and does not have a vehicle. Described as very religious, she never went anywhere without her backpack which contained her Bible.
On the evening of June 11, 2022, Kenny left her grandparent’s home to go for a nature walk, around 8:00 p.m.
Alicia Kenny never returned home that night and has never been heard from again.
On the morning of June 12, 2022, Kenny’s backpack was found abandoned by a UPS delivery driver in an undisclosed Loveland subdivision. It contained her cellphone, wallet and bible.
Kenny’s family grew concerned when authorities returned her abandoned backpack and filed a missing persons report.
On the night of her disappearance, Kenny reportedly called people asking for a ride from Loveland, but wasn’t picked up by any of her friends.
The following morning, Kenny was seen in the early hours on Loveland Madeira Road in Symmes Township, according to authorities.
Alicia Kenny Found Safe
On June 15, 2022, police confirmed that Alicia had been found safe after needing a couple days to clear her head.
53 year old Juan Ward was last seen in Woodbridge, Virginia on May 25, 2022. He was captured by camera at an ATM that afternoon, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Juan Ward was born to parents Elizabeth and Thomas Ward, and was raised with his four siblings in Saluda, Virginia.
In the mid nineties Juan moved to Fairfax County, Virginia. He has two daughters, and missed his youngest daughter’s high school graduation a few days after he went missing.
A lover of sports, Juan would often watch games with friends at local restaurants and bars.
Juan was in daily contact with his family, and they do not believe he would leave voluntarily.
At the time of his disappearance, Juan had been a federal employee for 12 years. His family immediately knew something was wrong when his work called on May 26, stating he had missed an important meeting.
On the evening of May 24, 2022, Juan Ward was seen leaving Revolutions Billiards and Bar in the Springfield Plaza after watching a game with a friend.
Juan withdrew money from an ATM on May 24, and from an ATM in Woodbridge on the afternoon of May 25.
He was last seen by camera at 12:47 pm on May 25 at the Navy Federal Credit Union in the 12500 block of Dillingham Square in Woodbridge, Virginia. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Juan’s family reported him missing to the Fairfax County Police Department on May 26, 2022.
Juan’s family states his phone has been turned off since he went missing and he has not been to work.
His silver 2008 Nissan Altima with Virginia plate number UJE3496 is also missing.
The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating Juan’s disappearance, and are working with the Prince William Police Department because of his last known location in Woodbridge.
Juan Ward’s Body Found on July 6
On July 6, 2022, authorities found Juan Ward’s body near his car, located in the 8500 block of Alban Road in Newington
It appears the car was moved there sometime between June 27 and June 29. Due to the suspicious circumstances his case remains an active investigation.
39-year-old Christina Powell was last seen in San Antonio,Texas on July 5, 2022. She disappeared after leaving her house on her way to work.
Christina Lee Powell Mobley was born on January 6 1983, to mother Claudia Mobley. She was originally from New Haven, Connecticut.
Powell graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Psychology. She went on to study in a Paralegal Certificate program.
On June 27, 2022, Powell began working as a temporary legal assistant at Sanchez and Wilson, a law firm in San Antonio. A few days later, she was offered a full-time position due to her hard work and punctuality.
At the time of her disappearance, Powell lived with her mother and her oldest son on the 7700 block of Redhill Place in the Apple Creek neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas. She has recently taken in two dogs named Oliver and Chevy.
Powell is the mother of two boys, ages three and twelve, with the younger one living with his father since 2021. She was married twice and was not seeing either of them at the time of her disappearance.
Powell was diagnosed with a medical condition that requires doctor’s care.
On July 5, 2022, Christina Powell was last seen on a Ring doorbell camera leaving her house at 10:34 a.m. She told her mother she was running late for work that morning.
Powell drove away in her vehicle, a 2020 black Nissan Rogue with the Texas license plate PYJ-8564. When she received a call from the law firm she said she had overslept on the July 4th weekend and was on her way in.
The route from her home to the office located near Interstate-10 and Vance Jackson Road was approximately seven miles, and usually took around fifteen minutes to drive.
Christina Lee Powell never showed up to work that day and has never been heard from again.
On July 8, 2022, a missing person’s report for Christina Lee Powell was filed with the San Antonio Police Department.
Powell left her medications and Apple Watch behind at home, and her cell phone was found on the bathroom counter. Her phone record, bank account, and social media have had no activity since she disappeared.
On July 13, 2022, authorities announced that Powell might be in the Kerrville area.
According to her family, Powell had an argument over text with her ex-boyfriend and father of her younger son just days before she disappeared. The two had “an on and off” relationship and he reportedly wanted to try and get back together.
On July 14, 2022, authorities stated that Powell’s ex-boyfriend was “absolutely” cooperating and is not considered a person of interest.
Christina Powell Found Deceased
On July 23, 2022, the body of Christina Powell was found inside her vehicle at the Huebner Oaks Center in the 11700 block of Interstate 10 West. It is believed her car had been there for more than a week.
The San Antonio Police Department are continuing to investigate her case, though they say foul play is not suspected.
A month after Christina Powell’s body was found the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office listed Christina’s cause of death as Hyperthermia with alcohol related complications. Her death has been ruled an accident.
The bodies of her parents, Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr. of Florida, were found in a wooded area of Houston back in 1981, the apparent victims of homicide. They were not positively identified until 2021, through the work of forensic genealogists.
The mystery of what happened to the couple’s infant daughter had been haunting their family for decades.
After the identification of her parents, 42 year old ‘Baby Holly’ was found earlier this year living in Houston. Baby Holly’s grandmother said finding her granddaughter was “a birthday present from heaven,” since she was found on her father’s birthday.
Holly was told about her biological parents’ identities, and has been in contact with her extended family. They hope to meet in person soon.
The homicide investigation into her parent’s case remains ongoing.
26-year-old Daniel Sotelo was last seen in Chicago, Illinois on April 30, 2022. He disappeared after taking a CTA train at the Roosevelt Red Line stop.
Daniel Sotelo was a student at University of Illinois Chicago with a major in Organic Chemistry. He was in a romantic relationship with 22 year old Natally Brookson, a fellow student at University of Illinois.
At the time of his disappearance, Sotelo lived in the Pilsen neighborhood in the Lower West Side of Chicago, Illinois.
Sotelo was just days away from graduating with a master’s degree in Organic Chemistry. Upon graduation, he was planning to continue working at an organic farm in Naperville, Illinois.
On April 30, 2022, Daniel Sotelo was dropped off by his roommate at the Roosevelt Red Line stop, a Chicago Transit Authority L train station near Roosevelt Road and State Street.
Sotelo said he was heading up north, but didn’t specify where he was going. Daniel Sotelo never returned home and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
A few days later his family filed a missing person’s report with the Chicago Police Department when they couldn’t reach him.
On May 8, 2022, his graduation ceremony took place at University of Illinois Chicago but Daniel never showed up.
Daniel Sotelo disappeared on the same day as his girlfriend, Natally Brookson, a fellow student at University of Illinois Chicago of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
On April 30, 2022, Brookson went missing after leaving her place of work at Friedman Place, a housing community for blind adults in the 5500 block of North Maplewood Avenue, where she worked as a dietary aide.
At the time of her disappearance, Brookson was a senior studying psychology, but had withdrawn from the spring semester.
Daniel is known to visit the area of the 6100 block of North Winthrop Avenue.
Missing UIC Student’s Girlfriend Found Dead
On May 2, 2022, 22 year old Natally Brookson was found dead in Lake Michigan near the 5500 block of North Sheridan Road in Chicago, Illinois.
The official cause and manner of her death are yet to be determined.
According to Sotelo’s family, Daniel’s wallet and cell phone were found next to Natally’s body.
Daniel Sotelo Found Deceased
It is with heavy hearts that we share that Daniel has been found and is no longer with us. My family and I were blessed to have had Danny for the short time that we did. He was an absolute light for us all. His kindness was reflected in his eyes, and his generosity was conveyed in the way he took care of others. His smile had the ability to warm the heart of anyone that came across it. We are fortunate to have witnessed it as many times as we did.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Daniel’s body was found one mile offshore of Wilmette in Lake Michigan on May 22, 2022.
The medical examiner’s office was unable to determine the manner or cause of Brookson’s death. Officials concluded that Sotelo drowned, but the manner of death, such as an accident, natural causes, or homicide, could not be determined.