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Surveillance tape might hold clues on man found in sewage tank

3 years ago September 19, 2011 Sep 19, 2011 Monday, September 19 2011 Monday, September 19, 2011 4:52:45 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

PINE GROVE - Detectives are combing through surveillance video they got Monday afternoon from two St. Helena casinos.  They hope the footage holds clues about how Sam Lathers, Jr. died.

Deputies found Lathers' body face-down in a sewage tank outside Silver Fox Casino early Sunday night.

Right now, St. Helena Chief Deputy Joe Chaney said detectives can't rule out foul play, suicide, or just an accident. 

Chaney hopes autopsy results provide a definite answer about how Lathers died.  He hopes the video shows who, if anyone, killed Lathers.

Lathers' family is frustrated right now.  They said there is no way Lathers would willingly get into a sewage tank, even with recent medical problems.

"For him to be laying in all that nasty stuff is just so hurtful... so painful," Lathers' mother, Mable, told News 2.

She believes her son got into a fight with two other men who killed him and threw him into the sewage tank.

For now, though, Lathers' mother is waiting on autopsy results, which she says is the hardest part.

Autopsy results should be in detectives' hands Tuesday.

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