Investigation into death of Nathan Tracy continues; 2nd toxicology report ordered
This story has been corrected to show Tracy was from Trenton.
The investigation into the death of Trenton teenager Nathan Tracy continues after the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office decided to do a second round of toxicology tests.
Pittsfield Township Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger said Thursday investigators are still holding Tracy’s vehicle in the police department’s impound lot while the investigation continues. An autopsy was performed on Tracy back in September and the medical examiner’s office was waiting for results from toxicology tests to determine his official cause of death.
Now, nearly four months after Tracy was found dead on Sept. 8, investigators are still waiting.
“We’re still holding onto his vehicle in impound because they sent another round of toxicology tests for analysis,” Harshberger said. “We’re not at a point yet where we have a final determination on what the cause of death is.”
Tracy, 19, was last seen alive at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 5 on Ranchero Drive near Oak Valley Drive in Pittsfield Township. The Ford Focus he was driving crashed into a parked truck. Tracy spoke with a person at the scene before walking away from the area.
He was reported missing the next day and a full-scale search began on Sept. 7, when police and volunteers searched the surrounding area. On Sept. 8, he was found in a retention pond at the Weatherstone Condominiums.
Three days later, medical examiner’s office officials confirmed his death. Since then, the official cause of death has been ruled undetermined.
AnnArbor.com received Tracy’s official death certificate through a records request in November. The official cause of death is listed as “pending” on the certificate.
Harshberger said Thursday medical examiner’s office investigators want to do a second round of toxicology reports to test for more chemicals. The results of the initial round of toxicology reports are unknown.