Final Autopsy Released For Zanesville Man Who Freed Exotic Animals


The final autopsy was released on Thursday for a man who released more than 50 exotic animals before killing himself in October.

Most of the animals were shot and killed by law enforcement. The six surviving animals are quarantined at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 10TV News reported.

Thompson was found dead on the property. His body was mauled by a large feline at the time of his death and after his death, according to the autopsy.

According to the Licking County Corner, Thompson's body was covered with lacerations.

The coroner determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, 10TV News reported. The report said that Thompson shot himself in the mouth.

A toxicology screen did not show any drugs or alcohol present other than an antihistamine.

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