Friends of Jose Quiroz Marcial gathered around the swimming pool at the Mansion Inn in New Hope Wednesday to grieve his passing as they grimly awaited word from the Bucks County District Attorney on the cause of his death.
That determination finally arrived around 2 p.m. when the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced that his demise in the frozen waters had been ruled accidental.
His lifeless, frozen body had been discovered Tuesday afternoon by a construction worker involved in the building of an addition to the adjacent Logan Inn. The abandoned swimming pool lies directly west of Marsha Brown restaurant on the Mansion Inn property off South Main Street.
Marcial, 29, had worked as a cook at Lambertville Station Restaurant in Lambertville and at the GreenHouse Restaurant & Lounge in New Hope. When he went missing on Dec. 15, some friends thought he might have been detained by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Members of the New Hope Eagle Fire Company assisted the Bucks County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday in extracting Marcial’s body from the ice and removing it from the pool.
Following an autopsy, Marcial’s death was determined to be the result of an accidental drowning and hypothermia, according to the Bucks County DA.