Toxicology report for man who died during Veishea to be completed in 2 to 3 weeks

Daily Staff

Toxicology reports for Mitchell Odell, the man who died after falling from a fourth-floor balcony at 2519 Chamberlain St. on Saturday, April 21, will not be completed for another two to three weeks, according to the Office of the State Medical Examiner. 

The cause of Odell’s death was “multiple blunt force trauma received as a result of the fall,” according to a news release issued by the Ames Police Department.

Cmdr. Jim Robinson of the Ames Police said Odell, 21, of Cedar Rapids, had come to Ames with friends to visit friends for Veishea. Robinson said Odell was out on the fourth-floor balcony with friends when he fell.

“From eyewitness interviews, it appears like the fall was due to overt actions on [Odell’s] part,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t like he just fell off the balcony.”

Robinson said he does not know if Odell was intoxicated when he fell and an autopsy must be done first to figure that out. However, Robinson said eyewitness interviews support that Odell was likely intoxicated when he fell. 

“To our understanding, it was likely that alcohol was involved,” Robinson said. 

The toxicology report will show if Odell was intoxicated at the time of his death.