The Frederick Police Department has closed three recent death investigations after separate examinations by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined all three deaths were accidental.

Karl George Nichols, 56, and Frederick Freed Edmondson, 69, were found on different dates and in different parts of Carroll Creek and both deaths involved drowning or complications from drowning, said Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in an email response to The Frederick News-Post’s questions.

Nichols was found by a passer-by lying in the fountain just east of South East Street on July 24 and reported to police. Edmondson’s body was recovered from the creek between South East Street and East Patrick Street after a person walking a pet in the area called 911 at about 8 a.m. on Jan. 20, according to previous stories published by The Frederick News-Post.

The cause of death for Nichols was determined to be atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease — which is a buildup of cholesterol plaque in arteries that obstructs blood flow and can lead to a heart attack or stroke — complicated by drowning, according to the medical examiner’s office’s records. Edmondson died by drowning complicated by hypothermia and alcohol intoxication, the records state.

The third man, 51-year-old Joseph William Tibbs, was found in the 200 block of West South Street on Dec. 27, 2018. Tibbs died from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease complicated by hypothermia, the records indicate.

All three investigations were handled by the Frederick Police Department, which has since closed the cases as a result of the rulings of the medical examiner’s office. The department’s investigations into the deaths of Tibbs and Edmondson were closed Feb. 26 and March 26, respectively, while the more recent investigation of Nichols’ death was closed Aug. 20, according to Michele Bowman, a Frederick police spokeswoman.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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