Knox County Medical Examiner finds cause of Gatlinburg hot tub deaths is drowning

GATLINBURG (WATE) – Final autopsy results from the Knox County Medical Examiner reveal alcohol and health issues were contributing factors for two people who were found dead in a hot tub at Gatlinburg Falls Resort in April.

The final cause of death for Myra Smith Findell, 62, and Jon Levin, 63, was drowning, according to the Knox County Medical Examiner. The medical examiner found alcohol as well as heart problems contributed to their deaths.

Myra Findell, an employee at Hewlett-Packard, had heart disease and liver disease, according to the medical examiner. Levin, a professor at the University of Tennessee, had heart and kidney problems. Toxicology for both Myra Findell and Jon Levin found over .2 percent blood alcohol levels in their blood stream.

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The bodies were found by Myra Findell’s husband, Ronald Findell at around 7:45 to 8:00 a.m. on April 9. They were last seen at 3:00 a.m. getting into the hot tub. According to police, Ronald Findell found his wife unclothed with her face up floating in the hot tub.

Ronald Findell said his wife’s mouth was opening and clothing. “I pulled her from the hot-tub, not realizing her body would be limp and hit the back of her head on the deck,” said Ronald Findell.

Jon Levin (University of Tennessee)
Jon Levin (University of Tennessee)

The University of Tennessee physics department said they are establishing a scholarship fund to honor Professor Levin. They said the director of the department’s undergraduate physics teacher was a passionate teacher who also lead an outreach project with Fentress County Schools.

“Though his research area was experimental atomic physics, the past few years saw Levin dedicate more of his time to teaching and directing our undergraduate program, where he was a profound influence on so many of our students. He will be greatly missed,” said the University of Tennessee in a statement.

The university has started a scholarship in his honor.

To contribute to this scholarship:

Checks should be made out to the UT Foundation, with a note on the memo line that the gift is for the Jon C. Levin Scholarship.

They can be sent to:

Don Eisenberg, CFRE
Director of Development
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Arts & Sciences
137 Alumni Memorial Building
1408 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1331

Those wishing to donate can also make a gift online by entering the Jon C. Levin Scholarship under “other fund.”

 

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