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Del Oro grad’s death ruled accidental

Alcohol, prescription drugs led to 21-year-old’s drowning
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A Del Oro graduate died because of an accidental drowning caused by alcohol and prescription drug intoxication, an autopsy report revealed. On Thursday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office received the autopsy results of 21-year-old Alyse Rachel Conk, whose body was found in a Loomis creek Aug. 26. Conk’s manner of death was ruled an accidental drowning caused by “acute alcohol and over-the-counter medication intoxication,” according to Lt. Jeffrey Ausnow, Placer Sheriff’s spokesman. “Placer County Sheriff’s detectives conducted a thorough scene investigation and found no evidence that foul play was involved in the death,” Ausnow said. Investigators said evidence suggested Conk was sleeping alone in Loomis Basin Community Park and made a makeshift bed of blankets and pillows next to the creek. A 16-year-old boy found Conk’s body in the morning. Ausnow said at the time, deputies suspected that Conk’s death was due to drowning or intoxication but waited until autopsy and toxicology reports were finished. Conk, who was a member of her high school water polo team, graduated from Del Oro High School in 2006. In an earlier Journal report on her death, friends described Conk as a beautiful and kind woman. “She was always a kind-hearted person,” said friend Rachel Foster in a prior Journal report. “I’d always go to her for advice. A lot of people will miss her, because she was always there for people when they needed her.” ~ Jenifer Gee