Mr. Stapleton was reported missing on Saturday while he was kayaking
Salt Creek. He was found in the creek by search and rescue personnel
from Menard County.
Forensic pathologist Dr. John Ralston will
perform the autopsy in Springfield on Friday morning. The
preliminary findings from the autopsy should be available Friday
The family has chosen Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton.
Late Friday morning Thomas stated: "I have
received the preliminary autopsy report from Dr. Ralston. He
believes that this is a drowning. There were no signs of trauma. Be
aware that this is the preliminary and is subject to change."
[Text from file received from Robert Thomas, Logan County coroner]