Evangelist drowned; city police chief says

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

From staff reports

Drowning was the cause of death for the evangelist who went missing in late September and was found dead three weeks later in Rock Creek on the north side of Lewisburg.

"That's what the medical examiner's pathologist told us," Police Chief Chuck Forbis said Monday, "but again, it was my understanding that it was based on where he was found. There was no sign of trauma or foul play."

David Dickinson, 49, was found floating in Rock Creek on Oct. 11 by someone walking along the creek bank. Originally from Kentucky, Dickinson, his wife, and children had no fixed residence. They'd been traveling from revival to revival for weeks. He left for a morning walk from their travel trailer on Sept. 26. An extensive two-day search ensued.

As for toxicology tests, Forbis said, "There was nothing there. He didn't have anything in his system.

"At this point, that's about the end of it," the police chief said. "The conclusion is that he died of an apparent accidental drowning. It's entirely possible that he had some sort of medical condition that led him to falling in the creek, but the medical examiner was not able to determine that."