WV DNR Police
Determine Morgantown Man's Cause of Death
23 September 2014
By Kim Freda, Assignment Editor
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police has
ruled the September 2014 death of a Morgantown man to be the
result of an accidental drowning.
Manuel Nicholas Nevera, 39, of River Road, Morgantown, was
found in the Monongahela River at Little Falls at
approximately 5 p.m. on September 1. MECCA 911 received a call
from a boater who had been alerted to the body in the water as
a result of a possible drowning or jet ski incident, said
Natural Resources Police Sgt. Gary Johnson.
After receiving the toxicology screen and the coroner's
report, DNR Police said Nevera did not undergo any trauma. DNR
Police said Nevera was believed to be on a jet ski, which he
was fairly inexperienced with using, without a life jacket.
Nevera also couldn't swim, according to DNR Police.