Butler County Times Gazette
  • Autopsy: Grad student who died in Maine was drunk

  • An autopsy showed that the Harvard University graduate student who fell into Portland Harbor and drowned in May just days before his graduation had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit to drive in Maine.
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  • An autopsy showed that the Harvard University graduate student who fell into Portland Harbor and drowned in May just days before his graduation had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit to drive in Maine.
    The Portland Press Herald reports Thursday that 31-year-old Nathan Bihlmaier (BIL'-mair) had no drugs in his system, but a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent.
    Authorities have previously called his death an accidental drowning.
    Bihlmaier was celebrating his pending graduation when he was asked to leave a waterfront bar for being visibly intoxicated. His body was recovered two days after he went missing.
    His wife was expecting their first child.
    He was a native of Osborne, Kan., and a University of Kansas graduate.
    Police say criminal charges are unlikely in the case.

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