MADISON (WKOW) -- Family members of a 55-year old drowning victim suspect foul play was involved in their loved one's death, citing unusually severe injuries to the body and the disappearance of some of his prized possessions.
Authorities say the body of Calvin Ewing was found in the waters of the Warner Park lagoon Sept. 5. Madison Police officials say Ewing was fully clothed, had his wallet, and had a beer can in a pocket of his clothing. A spokesperson for the medical examiner's office says the cause of Ewing's death was drowning.
Family members say Ewing has been a Warner Park regular for a dozen years, typically riding his bike there from his East side residence. They concede while Ewing would at times drink to excess, he was never in any trouble, had ties to a church, and was kind to the people he met.
Family members also say Ewing was not a swimmer and avoided the water.
"My brother...did not walk in that water," Ewing's sister, Diane Ewing tells 27 News.
"That he would be in the water only happens if someone placed him there," says niece Shannon Wilson.
Ewing's brother, Albert Ewing says his brother's face had significant cuts.
Madison Police captain Cam McLay says there's nothing to indicate Calvin Ewing was in an altercation.
McLay says autopsy results indicate Ewing's facial injuries took place after his drowning.
But family member Rebecca Thornton believes Ewing would not have floated enough in the shallow lagoon to account for the injuries.
Family members note Ewing's bicycle, a favorite ring, and possibly money are missing.
McLay says the case remains under investigation, awaiting toxicology results on the body.
Albert Ewing is convinced a person responsible for Calvin Ewing's death needs to be found.
"Get this guy off the street, before he do somebody else like that," Ewing tells 27 News. "It could be someone who just rides their bike through there, and he could do to him, like he did to my brother."
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