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Autopsy pending for US lawyer found in Turks & Caicos waters

Turks and Caicos Islands police say autopsy results are pending for an American attorney who apparently drowned while snorkeling.

Police spokesman Kevin Clarke says an official autopsy for 46-year-old Jeffrey Trent of Charlotte, North Carolina, should be available in a few days.

Trent's body was found floating offshore July 22 by people on an excursion boat.

An official at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center says a preliminary autopsy shows Trent died from accidental drowning.

Clarke says Trent was vacationing alone and staying at a Providenciales resort.

Trent was a partner in the Charlotte firm FrickTrent PLLC.

Law partner Tracy Frick says they have contacted the U.S. State Department for help in investigating the death. In a Thursday statement, she said the firm was unable to get details from local investigators.