OB Drowning Death Caused by Meth Intoxication: Medical Examiner

A former Navy diver whose body was found floating in Ocean Beach last November apparently drowned due to methamphetamine intoxication, according to the medical examiner.

Scott Bowles, 37, was an experienced diver who loved two things: his daughter and the ocean, his family told NBC 7 in November.

That's why his drowning baffled investigators and his parents.

Bowles was reported missing after he had not been heard from since Halloween, and his car and cell phone were left at his Ocean Beach home.

A kayaker discovered Bowles’ body eight days later floating in the ocean in the 3100 block of Ocean Front Walk.

The medical examiner said there was no foul play suspected and Bowles' family said in November that he must have somehow gotten into trouble and "met his fate there."

According to the medical examiner's report, however, Bowles was under the influence of methamphetamine and the drugs contributed to his death. It was ruled an accident.

The report outlines a years-long struggle with addiction, including more than a half dozen relapses in the last three years.

John Bowles described his son as the model of physical fitness. He was in the Navy for four years, serving as both a sonar technician and a diver on a submarine. He told the medical examiner his son's only medical condition was past "designer" drug use.

His mother Kathy called him "patriotic," saying he put flags on his grandfather's grave when he was in high school, then continued the tradition with his own family.

Bowles is survived by a teenager daughter, who he was supposed to pick up the nigth of his disappearance.

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