Two months later, reasons for men's deaths still uncertain

Susan Kaufman/GateHouse News Service

Nine weeks have passed since two Knox County men died after attending a party and questions still remain about the causes of their deaths.

Knox County Sheriff David Clague said the investigation is still open pending toxicology results which have not been completed. He would not comment on details of the case. Neither Clague nor Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas could give an approximate time when the toxicology testing will be completed.

Autopsies performed Jan. 19 on Daniel A. Hall, 26, 131 W. Nation St., Wataga, and Benjamin J. Fritz, 19, 742 Knox Road 2350N, showed nothing conclusive.

Both men had been to a party at Fritz’s home on Jan. 16. Hall was found in a bathroom at Fritz’s residence at about 4:50 p.m. Jan. 17. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Approximately the same time deputies were en route to Hall’s location, Fritz was taken to OSF St. Mary Medical Center by an unidentified friend. Fritz was pronounced dead by emergency room personnel.

No foul play is suspected and inquests will be scheduled after toxicology results are known.