New Details Released In Case Of 25-Year-Old Boone Man Found Dead In August

BOONE, N.C. — Police have released details on how 25-year-old Tylor Cook of Boone died back in August.

Cook’s body was found Sunday afternoon, August 5th, in the Southfork of the New River near Brookshire Park. Police say Cook’s body was face down. There did not appear to be any signs of foul play.

The man’s body had been sent to the NC Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.

After a long investigation, officials say Cook’s death does not appear to be intentional. Here’s what happened, according to Boone Police.

Cook was last seen alive in the morning on Friday, Aug. 3rd. Cook was walking alone just off Highway 421 to the Hospitality House where he was living. He often chose to walk to places in Boone, rather than ride the bus. At some point, Cook would have had to cross the New River to get to that destination.

Police say the most used path and most logical choice for this trip would have included crossing the river by use of a low water bridge located on Casey Lane. Due to the recent heavy rainfall at that time, the water would have been over the bridge. The water level of the river was up as much as 5 feet above normal and was moving much faster than usual.

The preliminary autopsy results indicated there was water inside of Cook’s lungs. The autopsy did not indicate any injuries consistent with foul play.

Police believe water coming over the bridge was moving too fast for Cook to safely cross the river. Cook may have been swept into the fast moving water while crossing the bridge to get to the Hospitality House. Because Cook had vision problems and little swimming abilities, the river overpowered him, causing him to drown.